Saturday, 23 February 2013

Knowsley safari park fun

Yesterday I was delighted that my husband had a day off , I had seen a half price voucher on knowsley safari parks facebook page and thought we could put this to good use, with the weather being so cold a safari drive would be perfect.
We pick 2 of the children's friends up, we have had many days out and even held a season ticket a few years ago when they were half price still watching out for this again, as we are only 20 minutes away the children were far from bored in the car, when we arrived it was really busy in fact I have to admit I have never seen it so busy the queue went down really quickly, our safari drive for 7 of us came to a total of £46 which I thought was pretty good a lot cheaper than the cinema and most other places.

We decided to pull over at the toilets and put all the back seats down so the children could all move around and see everything they wanted everyone also had a visit to the toilet as its a long way to the next toilet stop.

We always take lots of food as my children get hungry as soon as we set off on any day out and this was no exception, we seen lots of animal and had a really good time, think it was too cold for the tigers as they were not out but the lions and monkeys were a massive hit, we do the car friendly route as Michael goes to pieces if a monkey gets on the car and to be honest it is much more fun watching them damage someone Else's car.

At the end we would have purchased a wristband if it had not been so cold, at £10 they are a bargain on warm days as lots of great rides to go on, instead we got 2 ride tickets each which are priced at £2 each.

we did not get to see the sea lions as it was full, so have promised the children we will go again soon so they can see the sea lions, the bug house was really good, and the bat house too they are all included in the safari entry which is great.
knowsley safari park is a great day out for all.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Scs order and my rights to cancel

I have avoided blogging regarding this whilst it was on going but now my journey with ScS is over I wanted to share.
I really wish I had done my homework on purchases before I entered scs store back in October, I really wanted a new sofa and was browsing shops  looking for my perfect suite, I entered Scs in speke liverpool and was approached by a sales lady when I was admiring a leather suite, I was disheartened with it as the cushions were fixed I like to hoover under them and this was something I preferred, she pointed me towards my dream sofa and explained it was the most durable leather on the market, I loved it and could imagine it in my living room, now I am a sucker when it comes to buying anything which is why I had my mum and husband in tow my mum and husband asked several times was it all leather the reply was yes, she stated that if I ordered that day she could also offer me a discount with the managers consent so I agreed, the manager came over and we discussed price my mum haggled with him as that is her thing so happily I left a deposit and even took my mum for a meal, that evening I decided to show my sister the suite I had ordered online and it clearly stated that it was in fact composite leather made up of 70% leather and 30 man-made fibres, my heart sank I was paying £2500 for this suite and felt devastated that I had been lied to, the next morning I called the store and asked to speak to the manager I was put through to the assistant manager whom told me he would describe it as all leather as it is all composite leather, I explained that when I went to school all was whole and whole was 100% .

Anyway after a long battle and letter back and forth I received a letter stating they would be cancelling my order and keeping my deposit, I found this very unfair and decided I would be taking the matter further .......

I started a small claims court claim against Scs and it actually was a lot easier than I could have imagined, after they did not reply I was able to serve judgement against them and finally ScS called a refunded my deposit plus the court fee.

I can only say never give in and get everything in writing on your receipt.

It took 3 months to get my order cancelled and my money back.

I have now ordered a 100% leather sofa from elsewhere and cannot wait

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Maggi cook in the bag review

I have been a  Bzzagent member for sometime now and for one of my most recent campaigns I was sent various maggi cook in the bag, being totally honest I have never fancied doing these I have always thought that it would not work but we gave it a go and I have to say they are fantastic the first one we tried was Mexican chicken and it was so simple to do, we cut our peppers, onion and sliced our chicken breast put it all in the bag then the powder gets added you get a small tie to seal the bag  a little shaking and ready to cook we made our own spicy wedges and had a lovely salad with it.

I can honestly say I am not the most adventurous cook but like tasty food and everyone in the house has loved the flavours we have tasted so far, these take around 60 minutes to cook and minutes to prepare so ideal for busy households like ours.

I am so glad we tried these as we are loving the results, so simple and yet tastes fab.

You can get various flavours and recipes here at the maggi website.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Hot Wheels wall tracks Giveaway

We reviewed Hot Wheels wall tracks a while ago and have a fantastic Hot Wheels Daredevil curve wall track set to Giveaway to one lucky blog reader.

These are fantastic as stick to walls causing no damage to walls and do not get in mum or dads way.

So if you fancy winning be sure to enter and the more you share the more entries you get

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

The blurb
competition ends on the 16th march I will give the winner 7 days to get in touch with me after announcing on here facebook and twitter.
Open to uk only
I will check all entries to validate them.

my child hates school

For the past few weeks Michael my 8 year old has seemed very withdrawn, not himself at all and throwing a regular tantrum when I wake him of a morning for school.
He has been so withdrawn and unhappy that a teaching assistant approached my daughter who is 9 and asked her was everything ok at home her reply as she is really to the point was yes everything at home is fine his problem is school he hates it.

With winter upon us Michael's asthma has been playing up and he has had a severe cold so needed to stay at home with me, he has been fine until bedtimes and lot's of tears and wants to sleep in my bed which is not ideal when he tends to do the hokey cokey while asleep, last night I decided he was well enough to return to school today but did not mention it to him as did not want him upset going to bed.

This morning we had tears and shouting until he eventually gave himself a asthma attack, but knowing I could not back down I sent him to school anyway and have sat he worried all day wondering how my little man has coped and what mood he will be in when I collect him.

My husband spoke to his teacher this morning and explained that Michael is not happy which is unusual for him and that he was scared of teachers making fun of him yes you did read that correct, Michael explained this morning that when someone is off sick the teacher says they had diarrhoea and then the child say no I did not and the teacher says yes you did, this is done as a joke but as Michael has auditory processing difficulties and confidence issues he really does not see the funny side and if I am totally honest I don't think I would either.

Hoping I can get my little man happy again soon it is horrible watching him struggle.