Paw Patrol at the cinema

Hey readers,

On Saturday me and the hubby took the boys (4 &6) to our local Showcase Cinema De Lux to watch Paw Patrol:Big Screen Tails, 60 minute special. During the week Showcase hosted 25 unique events and films celebrating art, film and music.

I normally don’t have the funds for this type of activity but due to getting free tickets and it being half term who could resist anything to entertain your little darlings.
I like this cinema (I have wrote about the cinema before here) because it is quiet due to it  being further away from the city centre.

The cinema is really clean and modern with the design. It also was not crowded or loud which helps as my eldest and myself struggle with these types of issues.
There was free face paint on the day, which my children loved.  There was no ques which makes the experience a lot more pleasant. This was a big hit for both boys and added to the enjoyment of the event.






The screening itself was really comfortable. The film was just over an hour so having reclined seats helped settle my boys. There was plenty of room space and because it is a kid screening I think parents like myself you don’t feel self-conscious or worry about the noise.

Husband noted that the leather seats could do with a wipe with proprietary  leather treatment where the  back and seat meet because you could hear some crazy creaking from leather on leather as people adjusted their seats mid film – not a problem with family films but may be a bit off putting with a thriller.


I liked the fact that the screening was a shorter film as both my boys struggle a bit with concentration, so that was a really positive and no arguments again added to a good time.



The lightening of the auditorium I loved as it was not overpowering and the subtle blue lights at the side of the walls was excellent in the design aspect of the experience. Also, I found the volume of the film perfect. Normally when going to the cinema it is super loud, which worried me a bit as my eldest is really sensitive to hearing and could potentially cause a meltdown (autism).

The boys loved the experience and felt very comfortable. I definitely recommend going to go to the cinema with young children.

Cheers for reading X

I was given tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.


Hey readers,

Christmas is nearly upon us and have you ever thought about looking at SportsDirect for presents, me neither until Mumsnet challenged me to get some gifts for £5.


pushchair £5

This will be a present for my youngest as he loves dolls. I want him to have a mix of toys and to know that he can play with whatever tickles his fancy.


Magic Pens – £1

These magic pens are only a pound but they are perfect christmas stocking filler. My son loves quirky things and one of his favorite things to do is write. He spends a lot time at home writing or drawing. These are fun as they have a white pen that you can go over and transform the colours.


Notebook – £1.99

As mentioned  above my eldest loves to write so he gets through a lot of notebooks. This is an A6, perfect size for taking out travelling on transport or even at a restaurant as we all kids gets bored very quickly. I like the size of the notebook as it can fit into my easy which appealed to me.


Grafix craft box – £5

Firstly, what appealed to me about this gigantic box of craft is the price and the fact the brand is Grafix. I have previously bought stuff from Grafix and find it very good maker for children’s toys and activities.

I love the fact that the box has everything you need and is a perfect gift for them days you spend at home and need something to excite the child. The product gives you the ideas which makes my life as a parent much easier.


Raging bull game – £5

This is a brilliant fun gift for all the family. I wanted because it was not to complicated in doing and was suited for a four and six year old. I have in the past got too easy or too hard type game but this is perfect for age and how long it takes for their needs.


Crayola stamp set – £3

Currently half price and I find Crayola paint/ink really good for causing any nasty reactions and really quick wash. These are the kind of things I think about when I choose presents for children. It will be a brilliant children’s christmas present. What child doesn’t love a bit of stamping. I like things that are not too complicated as I have learnt it is much better way to be when you have smaller children.


Crayola doodle magic travel pack – £5

This is such a fantastic idea. for start you can reuse it over and over again and use cloth to clean. It is doesn’t stain and keeps children entertained. It is excellent storage and kids love carrying things, making them feel more grown up. This will be super for a Christmas present as we will be travelling to relatives during the festive period. It can be used in the car when driving or at someone’s home to use.


When looking for presents are the Sports Direct it was amazing the variety of goods and some really good brands. You can get some cracking bargains and there is an assortment for all different age groups. I really like the diverse range of products and there is some real good inspiration when I was looking around.

As someone who is on a budget, I think Sports direct is a excellent place to visit. Obviously there are not just low budget items but that being said there is plenty to chose from if you don’t have bag fulls of money to spare.

Cheers for reading X

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Snazaroo weekend box 

Hey readers,

Weekend Box Club have teamed up with Snazaroo to incorporate face paints to help creative imaginative and fun play. Weekend Box Club is a subscription service where you sign up and receive an activity box full of fun ideas, with all the material so you don’t have to worry about that.

The weekend box is a fun design, featuring four fun animal characters. The box is send to your child and there is nothing better for your child to open their own post.


 Have you heard of Snazaroo, well it is a branded face paint for children.  The product is made in the UK, they are skin friendly, fragrance, paraben free and premium cosmetic ingredients to be gentle on kids skin. The facepaint is recommended for 3 years and over.

 I got asked to test out the new range of Snazaroo facepaints set which will be arriving by in shops soon.

There is the general face paint set with three colours (black, white and yellow) with a brush and sponge.

The set on the right is three face paints (red, yellow and green) with three fun stamps (cupcake, smiley face and musical symbol). Perfect for playtime or to use when it is your little one’s birthday.

I found it really easy to apply the face paint as it is water based . Though I had to be careful not to day to day much water into my sponge/brush as it did make the paint it’s water. But this was my first ever attempt and I think that is more me learning the ropes.

I can confirm it is really easy to clean off in one wash, all you need is soap and water.

Both my boys have sensitive skin and found no problems when applying and after. There was no irritation or redness.

I like the idea of having a certificate that your child can colour in to help make them feel proud of their achievements.

There are a range of step to step instuctions on Snazaroo so you can inspiration or relax and not panic about what to do.


Below are my attempts at painting a wriggly three year old (a cheater) and the eldest asked for a camouflage/army style.

The boys really enjoyed the fun element of getting their faces painted and playing together in their characters. I found it really encouraged imagination and working together, which as a parent is always lovely to see.

There are five vibrant mini packs being released, which is the first time ever for the mini packs . The themes are summer, carnival, Halloween, Christmas and Easter, therefore covering all essential periods throughout the year. What is great about the facepaints is that there are few colours and in a handy pack so you can travel about with them. You can even put them in your bag if you’re going to a party or something. The price of the face paint packs are £2.99 but you can be sure to be able to get a lot of fun out of using them not to mention all them special dress up days at school!

Cheers for reading X

I was given the face paints in order of a review but all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

ROXI Electric Jukebox Review

Hey readers,

I was lucky enough to be asked to review a ROXI Electric Jukebox. If you haven’t heard of this product then think of a music streaming entertainment service enhanced with karaoke, a choice of live worldwide radio stations, a game of name that tune with many genres to choose from and more.  There are many streaming services out there but ROXI Electric jukebox is a music streaming service that is an alternative to those such as Spotify, Tidal, Napster, Amazon, Apple, etc. focusing on sharing the experience in a family/party friendly way and moving from the private, sheltered individualistic routes that the aforementioned streaming services take you.


The packaging is a smart, well designed affair with an outer card sleeve protecting an inner box that contains the well protected kit. Sliding a new box from a thick outer sleeve always makes me tingle with anticipation as there is normally something of good quality waiting to be revealed and the ROXI Electric Jukebox hub with its accompanying remote/microphone certainly looks the part as you pop the lid of the inner box open.

The ROXI Electric Jukebox hub and remote/mic are nestled into their own snug compartments in a strong card tray. Under that is another tray that holds three cables:

  • Power Adapter – 240v, 3 pin transformer plug to 5v 5.5mm power jack.
  • HDMI cable – 1m long, male both ends for video/audio connection to your TV.
  • USB cable – short usb cable to charge the remote/microphone.

ROXI Electric Jukebox comes with a full year premium subscription membership to get you started (then £52 a year which I believe is about half the amount that some others charge). A nicely laid out paper guide is included to help get you into the fun as quickly and easily as possible.

The ROXI hub is 27mm high and about 130mm square but rounded more like a lozenge with a matt plastic concave top incorporating a shiny ‘eJ’ logo and a smart flush fitted, soft lit power button. The front face includes ‘E L E C T R I C   J U K E B O X’ in shiny block letters. The base of the Roxi hub is convexed down to a soft silicone ring that means wherever you place it, the ROXI hub shouldn’t leave any marks. A really neat feature is a ‘keyhole’ inset into the base to allow you to hang the ROXI hub off a screw on the wall behind your TV. All the sockets are located in the back of the Hub and include: Power; HDMI; Ethernet; USB; Audio.

All in all the ROXI hub is very smart and whether you choose Charcoal, Blue or Coral, it will look good anywhere but is well enough designed to hide behind the TV should you wish.

The Remote/Microphone is wireless and created in the same smart style as the ROXI hub with the matt finish and an ‘eJ’ logo near the base. It is made from a soft feel plastic, is about 175mm long, 30mm square with rounded edges and feels really pleasant to hold and use. The top section of the remote/mic is cloth as it is a microphone but is still as smart and good quality as the rest it Down the front of the remote/mic is: ‘OK’ button, fast forward, pause and ‘voice search’ button.


Setting up ROXI takes less than two minutes using the supplied power lead to a 240v socket and then the supplied HDMI lead between the jukebox and your tv – easy as pie.

Internet connection is easy enough, you can either:

  • plug in an ethernet cable (not supplied) direct from your router into the jukebox and you have instant internet connection.
  • switch the jukebox on with just power and TV connected- the jukebox immediately asks for your WIFI password so type it in and off you go.

If like us you use a ‘Wireless Station Access List’ for extra WIFI security then you will no doubt be looking for the MAC address of the jukebox – I gave up looking and it doesn’t show in the list of available addresses on my router.  I turned the access list off, connected the jukebox using the WIFI password then refreshed the router page, hey presto, there was the MAC address for me to copy and paste into the Wireless Station Access List; switch the security feature back on the router and then sign the jukebox out and back into the WIFI network again. I can’t help but think it would be much easier if the jukebox’s MAC address was supplied printed on the machine.


The on screen menus of the ROXI Electric Jukebox are easy to navigate around and the icons used are easy to understand so you don’t get confused like I would normally. Whenever a text is needed, an onscreen keyboard pops up just like on a smart phone. To move your on screen cursor all you have to do is point the remote at the screen and wave it about, pressing ‘OK’ when your cursor is in the right place. It feels a bit strange at first but then you realise it is just like moving a computer mouse about but in the air. To make life quicker and much easier you can use the ‘mic’ button on your remote and voice recognition does the rest for you with no problems recognising different accents.


I can not seem to get voice search to work in the ‘Party:Karaoke’ mode though which is a big shame – I shall email the ROXI team and update this when I find out more.


There are tens of million of tracks at your fingertips for you to listen to and these can be searched individually or you can jump into different genres to inspire your choice. There are global radio stations and even a section specifically for children’s stories (a perfect way for them to wind down before bed).

A good feature that we like is that once you start a song or playlist, you can still navigate through most of the menus with the music still playing in the background and the information of the current song a the bottom of the screen.


In addition to this you can select the current song at the bottom of the screen and look at the track list or album/single detailed information which then provides a link to find more music from the same artist. As you are doing this there is always the option of a simple click to add a track, album or radio station to your favourite.


The home screen gives you a small settings ‘cog’ icon for WIFI connection, Family Protection, Visualiser on/off, auto TV wake when ROXI is switched on, and general product information. The main options on the home screen are:


  • Sing With The Stars – karaoke to millions of songs with an individual song, artist or album search, classic karaoke suggestions, modern, top artists or browse by genre.
  • Name That Tune – One of the worlds top music quizzes with a choice of 16 genres to guess as many songs in 30 seconds or less with the ability to record high scores for the family. Really fun game against the timer and a bit of friendly competition for the family and friends.
  • Party Playlists – 10 genres of party mixes to keep you bouncing.



  • My Playlists – make your own.
  • Tastemakers – playlists by celebrity curators such as Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Alexander Armstrong (Danger Mouse! my children shout when they hear Alexander’s voice on the radio). In total, 6 celebrities with 33 playlists between them
  • Moods – many playlists categorised under 13 genres such as Romance, Workout, Zumba, Road Trippin’ – plenty of choice to just press play and let the music work its magic.
  • Genres – loads of playlists under classic genres such as Rock, Pop, Electronic.
  • Featured – unusual Genres that are great to explore: Children’s Stories, The Brits, Jacaranda, etc.

My Music: a place to find all your saved:

  • Playlists.
  • Albums.
  • Songs.
  • Radio Stations.

Search: find individual song title, album or artist:

  • Voice Search
  • Test Search
  • Recent Searches


  • Radio – find your stored My Favourite radio station or search through Popular Radio, Radio by Genre or individual station search.
  • Sound Machine – Relax, Meditate or Sleep – set the timer for auto-off and chill out to relaxing sounds.
  • Photo Frame – turn your tv into a living photo album by linking to your Facebook photo albums.


My kids love the karaoke with ROXI Electric Jukebox and find it ace, my eldest is learning to read so the karaoke helps encourage him to learn new words in a fun way. You do not have to fear about young children hearing foul language as there is a ‘Family Protect’ feature that you can enable prevent the little ones hearing the things you may not want them to.


I find it easy to use and finding music is quick and fun. We can take it in turns with the microphone or share it. Independant research found that 66% of parents wish they could spend more family time together**. That is why this device is good as it offers opportunity to share some time together as a family and create happy memories. The amount of ready to run playlists are great as it introduces us to new music. I enjoy beating my hubby’s high score in ‘Name That Tune’.


When it comes time to relax for bed the Sound Machine section under Extras is fantastic and also includes White Noise and the sound of Heart Beats which are great for soothing babies and getting them and the parents off to sleep. The company’s ethos of, “Music at home should be for sharing not headphone wearing” is true – we love sharing our old tunes, our parents old tunes and also exploring new tunes with our children.

ROXI is great but I have a few criticisms:

In the karaoke the ‘next lines to sing’ are very dark and so hard to see, it would be great if they could be a little brighter or use a light blue and yellow mix so we can be better prepared for when the new line comes comes up. What happened to the little bouncing ball that helps us with the timing?

The microphone can be very echoey  but that might be us getting used to how to hold it correctly.

The volume really needs more control, we have to have the TV turned up loud because the music is so quiet and even with the microphone turned to low our voices through the TV are still deafening. I think having 3 volume sliders would improve the sound: one for the music in general; one for the mic and one to control the volume of the music while the mic is being sang into.

As the jukebox is only running on 5 volts and draws no more than 2 amps maximum (according to rating on the transformer plug) I don’t understand why it doesn’t use a usb power socket. As most modern tv’s come with usb outlets for such things it would keep things tidier and would give us the opportunity to swap the lead to whatever length we need (the supplied power lead is only 1 metre long)

Overall, ROXI Electric Jukebox is a fantastic piece of kit, simple to set up, lots of choice and a slick design making it appealing to the modern person. It is a fantastic tool to add to family or group entertainment and will be great for christmases or birthdays.

I have also done a  video of going through the menus etc so you can get a better idea as exactly how the electric jukebox works

Cheers for reading X

**Research carried out July 2017 by censuswide for electric jukebox sample 2000 UK families with children under 14 years old. 

I was given a electric jukebox in exchange for a review. However, all opinions expressed are my own entirely. .

Reasons why I love Aldi

Hey readers,

Let me tell you something about me  – I love to shop in Aldi. This post is all about my appreciate for the shop. See below my reasons why.

Can’t beat browsing the special buy isle, you never know what you are going find. It is pretty random and it changes frequently so you can excited with what will be on offer. You go into Aldi with aim of getting one thing and then come out with random selection of items.

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I am not a middle class blogger, I am on a budget and Aldi prices are reasonable. You can actually get fresh fruit and vegetable without fearing it cost a tenner.

They have some pretty cool recipes to try out, always handy if you are a rushed parent and need some inspiration.

They have some unusual items such as gin popsicles and deer burger. I Love the fact that Aldi are experimental in the choices of products in their shop.

Aldi support the Red Tractor label whereby the meet is 100% British therefore supporting local communities.

There isn’t a massive selection of choice compared to other supermarkets. However, this does mean that it is less stressful because I am not overwhelmed with choice. It is a fairly relaxed shopping experience, apart from the end with packing shopping away. (But then again I tend not to go with my children because of this and I like leisurely pace around the store).

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You be sure that every single Aldi has the same layout, therefore you know where everything is, meaning less stress shopping if you need to check into different Aldi’s. There is nothing more frustrating when supermarkets decide to change where they put stuff, nobody got no time for that!

I love the fact that Aldi every fortnight have a thing called super 6 special buys, consisting of fruit and vegetables at a lower price. This is great way to encourage people to buy healthier options.

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Aldi now at their tills have healthy items such as fruit, rice cakes and water to not lead you into temptation.

If you shop at Aldi what kind of things do you like about the store?

Cheers for reading X

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Showcase Cinema De Lux Lanch

Hey readers,

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Launch Night at Coventry Showcase Cinema De Lux.  The event took place to celebrate the new make over and a change to test out the new XPLUS auditorium.

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I want this Iggle Piggle Light, haha!

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Yep check out the socially awkward one 😉

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Before the film there was drinks and canapes on offer. The lobby area had improved drastically since the last time that I had been to Showcase Cinema. Much more inviting and it felt an area where you could relax before the film.

There is a bar in the lobby area which offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. On the other side of the lobby there is a Costa coffee, with comfortable seating area so you can relax. There is also a upgrade concessions stand, a coke free style machine and a Tango Ice Blast Pod (which to seems to be really popular).

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The lighting and decor has a more sophisticated and relax appeal to it, making you feel much more at ease and relaxed before the film viewing.

What does the XPLUS auditorium consist of you ask, well for starters it has an impressive wall to wall screen with a digital projection  making the picture much more crisper and detail is phenomena I found out whilst watching Transformers: The Last Knight.

Let’s not forget the 360 Dolby Atmos Sound system – so there were 60 speakers across the walls and above the ceiling creating amazing sound giving that extra involvement when watching the film.

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Excuse me I am rubbish at posing!

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Film fans celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Showcase Cinema, rebranded into a flagship Showcase Cinema de Lux.

The chairs have all been updated in the cinema giving a much more comfort place to rest whilst watching the film. They are leather recliner seats which you can get control with the the buttons on the panel at the right hand of the chair. There is enough room for cups to place in the holder, I have been to other cinemas and the larger cups are really difficult to put in the holder, small things make a huge different to the experience.

One thing that I noticed is the lightening around the lights is lower and a cool calm feel to the atmosphere. Where as before it was bright and instantly hit your eyes, not very pleasant when you have been in the dark for a good old hour and half.

The space in the alleys of the cinema is spacious, none of this treading on people’s toast business which makes it less stressful when visiting the cinema.

There is two car parks so plenty of space and it is free which is an added bonus.

Definitely recommend going to try out the XPLUS because it feels so luxurious and so you get thew comfortable therefore getting the relaxed experience.

Cheers for reading X

I was invited to attend the Showcase De Lux and watch the Transformers film in the XPLUS auditorium. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

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Dealing with chub rub

Hey readers,

Today is 30 degrees outside which means hot and sweaty weather, perfect for us fat people (like myself) or thought it is not just an overweight persons problem but anyone really who has thighs that touch.  What better thing to weather is a skirt or a dress  to help keep you cool, One problem with this idea and it is the awful CHUB RUB. 

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If you have never heard of the term chub rub it is basically where your thighs sweat so much and rub together causing friction which results in painful red area and could potentially lead to painful blister. Something that you want to experience especially when also dealing with the heat.

So, how do you deal with chub rub you are asking?well, for a short term relief you could use talc powder/deodorant or similar to help, the only downfall is that it is short lived and sweating loads can cause it not to be effective.


Of course there is the trusted cycling shorts to but barrier between your thighs. Fantastic and I can declare it works. Downside is that it is an extra layer of clothing, meaning more sweat. Which if you ok with it  then go ahead. For me I hate sweat and what to feel as comfortable as possible.

Next is this product called Lanacane anti-chaffing gel which works wonders and lasts a long time. I keep it in my bag in case I need to add any more when I am out and about. It is a bit pricey but so worth it. This is not a review, but my own personal opinion on the this product.  It is non-greasy and after it feels silky so really nice feel on your skin. lanacane chaffing gel

How do you deal with chub rub? Love to hear other people’s tips.

Cheers for reading X

This is not a review, it is just me wanting to share my experience of  ways to deal with chub rub.

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