Mellow Mummy : Taking life as it comes...

Friday, 19 September 2014

#Win a £50 Pizza Hut Voucher and a Family Activity Pack

Lots of Pizza Hut restaurants up and down the country are getting a bit of a make-over.  The Pizza Hut menu has also had a bit of a facelift with lots of exciting new pizzas, main meals and new side dishes as well as all your Pizza Hut favourites.



The children's meal deal at Pizza Hut has proven very popular with my two girls who particularly enjoy their visits to the salad bar for as many cherry tomatoes as they can eat.  There are food options for children of all ages from Stage 1 weaning upwards.  It is great to see unlimited squash on the menu as well as fizzy drinks.

For grown ups, the Pizza Hut menu has a few new and exciting additions this autumn such as a bucket of chips as a side dish - something that brought a smile to my face when I first found out it was on the new menu!  We've enjoyed trying out some of the lighter pizza options - thin crust pizzas with less than 500 calories per serving (it leaves you more space for sides!!!) And of course, you get free unlimited salad with every main meal.


To celebrate the new-look Huts appearing near you, I have a fabulous Pizza Hut prize pack to give away to one lucky Mellow Mummy reader so that you can try out the new Huts for yourself.  This fun family activity pack includes:-


  • Toyrific Toys Catch Ball Set
  • Bubble Kidz 7" Bubble Tub
  • Hopscotch interlocking play mat foam puzzle
  • Pizza Hut Restaurants activity pack with crayons
  • £50 Pizza Hut voucher




To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is to leave me a comment below to let me know your favourite Pizza topping.  The competition closes on the 3rd October.

TERMS and CONDITIONS:
  1. There is no cash alternative.
  2. The competition is open to UK and Ireland residents only.
  3. Only one comment entry per person. Multiple, automated or bulk entries will result in immediate disqualification
  4. The winners will be contacted by email.
  5. Entries will only be deemed valid if a valid email address is provided when commenting - people who just log into intensedebate with their facebook account will not qualify for entry because it is too difficult for me to contact the winners
  6. The winners will be selected at random from all valid comments received by 11:59pm on 3rd October 2014.
  7. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  8. The winner's names will be published on this site

Thursday, 18 September 2014

SillyBillyz Painting Aprons Review

BPM Childcare contacted me to see if we could put their Sillybillyz painting aprons to the test - I can't think of two better little girls to test them out than Holly and Lara who spend almost every moment of their spare time at the weekend either helping me out in the kitchen, or creating artistic, crafty creations in the dining room.



These SillyBillyz aprons come in two different styles - long-sleeved or no-sleeves - and the girls tried both of them.  For us, a long-sleeved apron is most appropriate when painting (painting always means chaos in the Mellow household) but a sleeveless apron works better in the kitchen, and when doing craft activities which require a lot of careful attention to detail.

I love the flexibility of the Sillybillyz aprons.  The fabric is water proof and provides excellent protection from paint and cookery ingredients and yet it isn't as thick and unwealdy as most painting tabbards.

Both styles of apron fasten closed behind the neck with a velcro-style fastening which I have found to hold closed very well.  Holly and Lara both need my help in order to undo them.. this is a good thing because it means I don't leave the room for two minutes only to find them sitting painting with their aprons hung up over the side of their chair!



The flexibility of the fabric means that the girls are happy and comfortable to wear their aprons even when cooking so they've been wearing them pretty much all weekend.  I was specifically asked to give my feedback on the sizing of the aprons.  Holly is now 28 months old and is wearing the 0-3 years apron which is a perfect size for her.  Lara is wearing the age 3+ apron which is stated as being suitable upto 5 years old; as a tall 5 year old I was expecting it to be a bit snug but it fits her perfectly (mind you, now I'm looking at these photos, it looks like the sleeves are a little short... much like most of her other clothes).

The Sillybillyz painting aprons are machine washable but so far I haven't needed to put them through the wash as I've been able to wipe all the chocolate and curry powder and chalk from them with a cloth.

Sillybillyz painting aprons cost from £9.95 to £13.95 from BPM Childcare and I think they are brilliant quality.  Right now, I can't see us using any other apron in our house!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Logitech Big Bang - An "Oops-proof" IPad Case?

A couple of months ago, Lara and Holly became the proud owners of their own iPad Mini.  It is a relief not to have to worry about them damaging my own iPad, and not having my own tablet full of games and apps for them.  However, now that they are regularly using their own iPad Mini, we were in need of some protection for the little bundle of awesomeness... and that is where the new Logitech Big Bang rugged iPad case comes in.

Logitech asked us to put their oops-proof ipad case through its paces with the ultimate in rugged tests - a weekend in the life of a two year old and a five year old.

Logitech Big Bang


Friday Night:  Lara and Holly were fighting over who would play what on the iPad while I'm cooking dinner.  This results in tears, shouting and pulling too and fro of the iPad.  It is dropped on the floor several times before they come to some agreement on "Dr. Panda's Restaurant".  The Big Bang case can withstand drops of less than 1.4 metres with rounded edges that protect the corners as well as a screen cover that is made from shock-absorbing material.

Saturday Morning:  Lara loses the iPad down the side of the bed while trying to play "Monster Phonics".


Saturday Afternoon:  Lara and Holly help me make curried chicken marinade (very icky and sticky) and indian flatbreads (very floury!) using recipe ideas from the internet.  We placed the iPad nicely on the folding cover to stand it up like a recipe book.  Lara reads all of the ingredients and instructions by scrolling with her floury sticky fingers.  Thankfully the front and back of the case can be easily wiped clean.

Sunday:  Daddy wants to watch TV this afternoon so the girls watch Netflix together on their iPad (well-behaved this time) upstairs.  Holly drags the iPad upstairs by its cover with the iPad dangling as she bumps up each of the stairs.  No scratches or bumps thankfully and the iPad is still intact.



I am very impressed by the Big Bang.  I've tried a number of "kids" ipad cases in the past and they do tend to be bulky and restrictive but this is REALLY lightweight and compact and barely adds anything on top of the existing size of the iPad. I think it is a great family tablet cover and I'm tempted to get one for myself now to add extra protection to my own tablet in case of prying hands.
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