Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s that time of year where we go and find the best gifts for the Dads and Grandfather’s in our life. It’s a day I especially love celebrating. If you know me personally, or if you’ve followed me for a while you may know that I was brought up by my Dad. There’s a long story behind it, but cutting it short, he took on single-parenting and took on both roles of parenting very unexpectedly and he’s done amazing.
I think Father’s Day is a day we should celebrate Dads and Grandfathers out there and thank them for everything that they have done. But also not forgetting the Step-Father’s out there too. My partner is a Step-Dad to my eldest, and has done for over 7 years now. He has been amazing with her since the first day he met her and I can’t thank him enough for bringing her up like his own.
Every year, my partner and I, with the kids, will always go for a Father’s Day walk. Whether it’s along the seaside, through a muddy field, a walk through a forest or just a sight-seeing walk, we just love going outdoors, having fun and making memories. It’s always nice to have a little tradition once a year. Although we go out for a walk often, we do try and make our walk on Father’s Day a little more exciting or different by taking a picnic with us, visiting somewhere totally different or even finding a new place to explore.
If you’re stuck on how to spend Father’s Day this year, here are a few ways you could celebrate:
Go out for a Father’s Day meal Go for a long walk along the seaside Have a Father’s Day BBQ in the back garden Have a movie night at home with snacks Host a little Father’s Day get-together Go paintballing /bowling/fishing
Although there are many ways to celebrate the special day, the most difficult thing to sort is the gift. I personally find it easier to buy gifts for women than I do for men. But this year, Boots have a great collection of Fail-Safe Father’s Day Gifts that would be great gifts for your Dad, Grandfather or someone special this year:
Fragrances are a great gift for men for Father's Day. Boots have a large collection of great branded fragrances such as Gucci Guilty, Hugo Boss, Paco Rabanne 1 Million and my Dad's favourite fragrance, Jean Paul Gaultier. I am sure whether it's your Dad, your partner, your grandfather or whoever you are buying for this Father's Day, won't be dissapointed when they are gifted they're favourite fragrance, or even a new fragrance they've not had before.
Boots don't only sell fragrances, but they also have a great collection of other gifts for Father's Day such as a large range of L'Oreal Paris products that include; Face wash, face scrubs, Hydra Energy face masks and daily moisturiser. If you know someone who loves to look after their skin, the L'Oreal 'The Daily Expert' is a great gift set to give. It includes three products: eye roll-on, moisturiser and deodorant.
Talking about skin, if you know someone who shaves then they have a great gift set for men with short beards. From L'Oreal again, is the Barber Club Short Beard Kit which includes Beard Wash and Beards Moisturiser. For something a little more fancy, Harry's Shave Set is a great gift to give. It includes a shaver, extra blades and shave cream. The set also comes presented in a nice gifted box. To add to the Harry's collection is the post-shave balm, face lotion and shave gel, which would be great little add-ons along with the gift set.
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- AD - We were kindly invited to Coral Island to review and we were given some spending money for the machines, a VIP card that let us go on a couple of rides, as well as a free meal in Captain Jacks. Although this is an AD, all words, images and opinions are entirely my own.
CORAL ISLAND, BLACKPOOL
Blackpool is a town I have visited many many times when I was a child. It's known for its fish and chip shops, arcades, lights and rides. It was somewhere my Dad used to take my brother and me for days out during all seasons. My best times to visit was the winter for the lights and the summer because it was just so nice. Years later and Blackpool has changed massively. The seaside front has been updated and it does look 10x better than what it used too.
When I was asked if I'd like to give a review of Coral Island on the promenade of Blackpool, I instantly said yes. Main reason being, I've not taken my kids to Blackpool and it's a place I've been wanting to visit again for a very long time. I've also heard some great things about Coral Island and so I couldn't wait to see what it was all about.
It was a May Bank Holiday weekend and the first weekend of the school holidays that we went, which honestly, wasn't the perfect time to go as it was overly busy. Coral Island was very easy to find and we parked in a multi-storey car park nearby, which was a 5-minute walk from the arcade centre.
There are 7 entrance doors to enter Coral Island and it's definitely a place you will not miss, with its lights, music and arcade machines. It was much bigger than I thought and there is a lot more mix of arcade machines than I thought too. You will find the classic old' 2p machines that everybody loves, electronic bingo, rides and much more.
ARCADE GAMES, TICKETS AND RIDES
The arcade games prices ranged from 2p, 10, 30p, 50p and £1. There are a few 'Change' machines if you were wanting some loose change and there's also a fair range of free cash machines to get money out too. As for the arcade machines, there's a great range of different machines to play for all ages.
Coral Island has a ticket system which means whichever machine you are on, you win some tickets. The higher your score, the more tickets you will receive. The girls especially loved this and in total, they got around 500 or so more tickets. Unfortunately, we weren't able to swap them in the Prize Counter because the queue was way too long and the wait would have been a long time. So we told the girls we would save them up until the next time we visit.
There are two rides; Pirate Flyer and The Ghost Train. We had one go on each ride, mainly because the girls didn't ask to go on them again and again, the queues were quite long when we were passing. The Pirate Flyer was the ride I went on with the kids. 4 people are allowed on one Pirate Flyer and the ride lets you have a flying view of the whole arcade - it was pretty cool!
The Ghost Train, on the other hand, I didn't go on it but my partner did. It's 2 people per cart and my eldest, who's 9, ended up crying all the way through. She was terrified, luckily her sister was sitting next to her and comforted her throughout the ride. My partner and my little boy, who's 2 years old were fine. So it all depends on the child if they can handle some slightly scary rides or not!
My only problem, other than the queues for the rides, was I personally found the staff on the rides a bit off. When the kids and I went on the Pirate Flyer, Freddie decided to have a meltdown before getting on. The pirate came around the corner and gave the kids a chocolate coin each, which I thought was nice. But the lady that let us go on the ride, wasn't all that enthusiastic like I was expecting. We were also not told that the ride stops for a few minutes - which literally scared me as my worst fear is a ride stopping halfway through - but all was ok in the end, luckily.
THE FOOD - CAPTAIN JACKS
There are a few food places to choose from, but we were gifted a family meal in Captain Jacks. The staff were so welcoming and I loved the whole 'Island Holiday/Pirate' kind of theme they had going. It wasn't a large place and it wasn't overly busy either. We were shown to our table and the kids were given their children's menu, as well as some crayons to draw - which is always a bonus.
Firstly, the kids eat free for every adult meal bought, which is a great bonus. The menu ranges from burgers, chicken and ribs. The menu for kids had a selection of chicken nuggets, sausages, macaroni and cheese and a couple more. As for prices, the adult menu started from £7.80 and in all honesty, the prices weren't too bad but I did find any add ons such as adding cheese to a burger etc, I found the extra price a little pricey. But it's not something that would stop me going back.
Something I have said since going to Captain Jacks was that the customer service was fantastic.
Coral Island is a very large place and I did feel I needed eyes on the back of my head to keep an eye on the kids, as it was super busy. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't so busy - it was quite difficult with the pram. But, saying that, the girls did enjoy themselves and I guess that's the main priority when you have a day out somewhere. The 2p machines took me back when I was a child, so I even had a go on them.
There is a lot of things to do there from the rides, arcade machines and other machines such as air hockey, car racing and so on. So it's definitely a place you can spend a good few hours at. As there are many other attractions in Blackpool, I would definitely visit Blackpool again to visit Coral Island and their other attractions (see below). But I would make sure I visit on a day or weekend that isn't the school holidays or bank holiday as it was a little too overwhelming for me.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Coral Island is huge, check out their online map to help you get around.
It's free entry which is great if you want little breaks in between.
Make sure you keep the kids close by as it is a large area.
There are toilets in Coral Island.
Kids eat free, all day, every day (with a purchased adult meal)
When you are travelling with family, you need to take care of your vehicle's condition because if the car is not road worthy and has cleared its MOT, it can cause you alot of inconvenience.
If you think that one MOT centre is much like another, then you couldn't be more wrong. Although all MOT centres need to provide a certain level of service or they'd lost their accreditation, not all places you could have your MOT conducted are the same. What should motorists be looking out for if they want to ensure that they will receive a high level of service?
1.Check for Genuine Accreditation - Although an MOT can only be legally conducted by an approved mechanic, some people try to pull the wool over their customers' eyes and conduct MOTs without the proper authorisation. If so, then you could be driving illegally thinking that your car has passed its annual test. In London, for example, trading standards officers sometimes have to close down garages which operate in this manner. Check for the right certification when you book an MOT and make sure it is still valid and not out of date. You can get a genuine MOT in the London area now by booking at DAT Tyres' site.
2.Look Out for Reviews - Not all garages have a good level of customer service. What do other people say about a mechanic you are considering? Check local review sites to ensure the place you will have your MOT conducted is a reputable trader in your area.
3.Consider Specialisms - MOTs are a series of basic but important checks that ensure you will be able to drive safely. However, having a full service takes more skill from a mechanic. Therefore, you should check out the other services on offer outside of an MOT, such as an air-conditioning gas fill up, for example.
4.Ensure You Know the Charges - Mechanics who conduct MOTs should have a transparent pricing policy. Extras and small fixes should be available from a price list you can check. If the garage is cagey about pricing, then make a booking elsewhere.
Whether you have a new or old car, it's so important to maintain your car. There are a few things you need to maintain and check on a car. But one of the main things is to make sure you check your car tyres, it's also a great idea to get into a habit of checking for any damage to your tyres. From damage, punctures and worn out tyres, there's a lot to maintain but it's so important to get into the habit of checking them. You can get your car tyres in London from the best autocentres in town - Iverson Tyres Ltd London. Explore their website now to learn more.
Every tyre should last your a good amount of miles, for example, front tyres should get you 20,000 miles minimum for a front-wheel drive and double that for a four-wheel drive. But it's important to keep an eye on the tread of your tyes. The minimum depth for treads is 1.6mm and anything below, you must replace your tyres as it is illegal and unsafe to drive on the roads with treads lower than 1.6mm.
It's also recommended that you get someone professional to look at your car tyres once your tyres are five years old or over. This is so they can have a good check and make sure that there is no damage at all on them. It's also recommended that if you haven't replaced your tyres 10 years after their date of manufacture, then it's best to do so.
As said above, it's good to get into a habit of checking your tyres and another reason for this is to check the pressure of your tyres. For example, for a partial load, your front tyres should be 30 psi and for a fully loaded car, your front tyres should be 26 psi. Your rear tyres should be 30psi for a partial load and 36 psi for a full load. It's quite easy to notice and feel a low-pressure tyre, but some car models, mostly newer models will have a low tyre pressure warning light on your dashboard. If you're unsure that it only needs air, do not hesitate to get the tyres seen by professionals.
Lastly, when you drive your car it's important to keep notice of any unusual sounds or movements. For example, if your car seems to be vibrating unusually then it's a big warning sign. It is important to take your car to the garage to get your tyres checked. One of the reasons for this could be an alignment problem or a damaged suspension, which will need to be looked at and possibly replacement of your tyres too.
The family summer vacation should always be a highlight of the year and create new memories for you all to cherish. Unfortunately, these vacations often do not live up to expectation and can cause a huge amount of stress. If you want to make this year’s family holiday extra special, then there are a few steps that you could take which will make a big difference. Following these tips could help this year’s holiday to stand out and be one which you all always remember and one which brings you all closer together. Read on for a few suggestions for how to make this year’s holiday extra special.
• Go With Friends/Family
One way to make this holiday one which stands out is to go with friends or extended family. Having other families to spend time with can add another dimension to the holiday and bring plenty of fun (just make sure that it is people that you are all happy to spend time with!).
They do not necessarily have to stay with you, and you do not have to do everything together, but it can be nice to have a few more people along for the trip and bring you closer together.
• Try Something New
A holiday should be time for chilling out and recharging your batteries, but it is also a good chance to try something new and expand your horizons. This can add fun to the vacation, make it more memorable and could help to give your kids a confidence boost.
What you do will depend on where you are and what your interests are, but it could be something like a hot air balloon ride, a cooking lesson, riding a horse, scuba diving etc. It is always a good idea to encourage your kids to step out of their comfort zone, but you should not force them into doing something that they don’t want to do.
• Book Private Accommodation
When you are on a family vacation, it is nice if you can have privacy and a home away from home. Booking into private accommodation can provide this for you so that you can enjoy meals together, relax in privacy when you do not feel like going out and feel settled.
A cottage in Cornwall is a nice idea because there are many beautiful, charming and practical cottages to choose from at places like Portscatho Holidays and Cornwall is a brilliant place for a family vacation. It is an area of great beauty with lots of coastal walks and inviting towns to explore - you could even bring your dog along with you to make the trip extra special.
Family vacations are incredibly important, yet sometimes they do not live up to expectation and can sometimes not be as memorable as you’d hoped. It is for this reason why it is important to be aware of a few reasons how you can make a summer family holiday extra special - this ensures that it will be a holiday that you and the kids cherish forever and enjoy together.
For kids, their bedroom isn't just a place where they sleep and keep their stuff. In fact, it's a sanctuary where they can let their imaginations run riot as well. For parents, however, achieving a space that is both practical and the magical can be something of a challenge. Luckily, that is precisely why I have written the post below, so keep reading for some steps that will help you reach that balance.
First of all, no matter how charming you want the room to be, it's essential to get the practicalities and basics sorted. What this means is ensuring that the room is safe for the child to spend time in and that it has all the furniture items that they need.
Of course, the most essential piece of furniture in a bedroom is the bed, and the good news is that when it comes to ones built for children, there are a whole range of fun options that are still practical too. Options that include things like a cabin bed, with space underneath for a desk and storage, or even a tented option. The latter being a partially smart choice for encouraging imaginative play.
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However, a functional bedroom space will not only need a bed, but other pieces of furniture as well, including a wardrobe for storing clothes, and if there is enough room, toys too. Happily, you can often find some real bargains like these best price wardrobes online. Something that will allow you to save up more money to spend on the other more fun aspect of the room, as described below.
Step two: a theme
Once you have the basics sorted, it time to embrace the fun and pick a theme to decorate the room around. The best thing about using a theme to decorate a child's room is that it can be anything they like. In fact, allowing your child to have some say in what it will be is always a good idea.
Although, doing so doesn't mean that you have to end up with garish wallpaper, and posters that are branded with their favourite TV show if you don't want.
In fact, if you are looking for a cleaner, more minimalistic look, that is still fun for the kids, then why not go for a jungle theme? Then you can work with a neutral white background and add pops of colour with things like giant stuffed animals, walls stickers, and even decorative hooks as a more subtle way of making the space fun.
Step three: bedding and soft furnishing
Finally, when it comes to choosing the bedding and other textiles for your child's bedroom, remember that there is a substantial range of options out there. In fact, you can get some very stylish and understated pieces that are still aimed at kids.
There are also some pretty amazing shaped throw pillows and other textile decorations that you can add to their room to encourage a sense of fun, magic, and wonder as well. All while still staying as stylish and practical as possible.
How quick is May going this year? With a mix of bank holidays and school holidays, it's flying by. This upcoming Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday the 25th of May, Smyths Toystores around the country are throwing a FREE party for all families. You can check out what theme parties are happening at your local Smyths store here.
I'm a big fan of Smyths Toys and actually gutted that I am unable to attend our local Smyths store to join in with all the fun. The party will start from 9am and it's a free day full of fun including, face paitings, DJs and there are even prizes to be won.
If you're local to me, then it's a Toy Story 4 party that will be held in Llandudno's Smyths stores and there's Toy Story 4 minis, stickers and posters to be won. Not only that but there's also a chance to win £50 vouchers every hour from 10am to 1pm. There's tonnes of fun to be had in Smyths stores this Bank Holiday.
Check out here what free parties are being held in your local Smyths store.
The Antelope Inn is located in Bangor and right next to the stunning suspension bridge, Menai Bridge. The views of the Menai Straits is just breathtaking. The Antelope Inn has undergone a refurbishment and we were kindly given some free meals to review the pub restaurant. The Antelope Inn is a pub that I have been going to every now and then, for years ever since I was a child myself.
Firstly, The Antelope has now opened as a Sizzling Pub & Grill and they have a brand new menu. The main menu has a great range of foods from your classic pub food to your burgers, curries and much more. There’s a great choice of food to choose from. There’s also a separate menu for Vegetarians and Vegans which I thought was great as not many pub restaurants cater much for Vegetarians or Vegans.
Another menu was the kid's menu, which catered for under and over 5s. There’s fantastic offer on the kid's menu where you can order a main meal, dessert and a drink for just £3.99 for under 5s and £4.99 for over 5s, all day and every day. Another offer that happens from Monday to Friday between 3pm and 7pm are kids eat for just £1 with every adult meal that’s ordered.
There are many other offers available in The Antelope such as:
Soft Drink and Burger – Get yourself a free soft drink with every burger that you order.
2 for £10 – There’s a various selection of meals you can choose from in the 2 meals for just £10, all day, every day.
Golden Years – If you’re over 60 years old, you can enjoy a two-course meal for just £4.99 between 12pm and 5pm, Monday – Friday.
Drink and Lunch – Pop in and grab a free soft drink with every lunch meal ordered.
The service in The Antelope Inn was fantastic. I can not say anything negative about the customer service and they were all super friendly. We were greeted with a warm welcome and we were also checked on a couple of times while we were sat on our table. A waiter also came up to us to ask if we had been before and to let us know that we order at the bar. Which I personally think is great, seeing as not many new visitors will know this.
When we ordered our food, we were surprised that we didn’t have to wait that long. We ordered two main meals, two kids meals and three sides. The food was presented really nicely and it all looked delicious. My partner went for the Pepper Jack Stack which as you can see in the photo, is two beef burgers topped with melted Pepper Jack cheese, bacon and onion rings. This meal also came with a side of chips too. It cost £10.29 and for the size and the taste, we both thought it was reasonably priced.
I ordered the classic Chicken Tikka Masala which came with two popadoms and a bowl of rice. I also added a naan bread, 2 onion bhajis and mango chutney for an extra £1.50. The Chicken Tikka Masala itself was £7.79. The meal was delicious, the only negative about this meal was the side naan bread which I couldn’t eat because it was overcooked. But otherwise, the curry was delicious.
The kid's meals were: chicken nuggets, chips and garden peas for Freddie and Elliw chose Toad in the hole with side chips. They were able to choose which sides and extras they wanted with their main part of the meal, which is great because most kids can be quite fussy with foods. The portions were perfect sizes for their ages.
The waiter cleared up the table not long after we finished and we went to order some dessert. I wasn’t going to order anything until I saw their Caramel and Vanilla cheesecake on the menu. My partner went for a cup of coffee, and the kids went for a Make Your Own Sundae from the kid's menu.
Again, the deserts were pretty quick and we didn’t have to wait long. The cheesecake was absolutely delicious, it was also topped with my favourite biscuit: Lotus Biscoff. Both kids really enjoyed their desserts and loved making their own sundae with all the treats that came with it.
Overall, I am overly pleased with the service and the food that we had at The Antelope Inn. I would most definitely recommend this pub to anyone who is looking for somewhere to eat in Bangor. On a nice day, you could also eat outside and there are two outdoor areas; one area is attached to the pub and the other area is in a grass area. Both areas have amazing views of the Menai Straits and it’s the ideal place to go on a summers day.
The Antelope Inn is also a great place to host parties or events. They have big enough tables to cater for large groups of people and it’s definitely a place that won’t disappoint. Why not take a walk along Treborth Coastal Path after your meal? Again, the views are pretty breathtaking!
- Our meals were kindly gifted in return for an honest review. All photos, opinions and words are entirely my own.