A new look at Pizza Express Guildford

We were recently invited to come and enjoy an evening at the newly refurbished Pizza Express in Guildford.  My husband and I rarely have the pleasure of enjoying a meal out alone, so we were very eager to go!  ‘Date nights’ have never really been our thing, and it isn’t something we regularly try and do either but it was really nice to have an evening out together!

The new Pizza Express in Guildford is beautiful, the colour scheme is really relaxing and really on trend.  I have been visiting this branch of Pizza Express for about 10 years, although it isn’t my most local, when I was at sixth form in Guildford most of us had our birthday meals out there. I was really surprised when we walked in to find this nice light room with modern decor and a really nice relaxed vibe.  They were heavily inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, who lived in Guildford.  They have a range of quirky clocks and beautiful mirrors, as well as some amazing artwork which reflect many of his fantasy satires, such as Alice in Wonderland.

There’s even a gorgeous bar within the restaurant surrounded by lounge style seating, a high dining counter and beautiful fixtures and fittings which really add to the laid back feel of the restaurant.  One of my favourite things about the new look Pizza Express is that they also now have regular live contemporary music sessions on a Thursday night.  So you can go out for a meal accompanied by some great live music.

We were invited to try some of the new items on their Christmas menu as well as some classics.  I always love trying something new from their specials menu, so I was excited to see what this Christmas had to offer.  To start my husband had the roasted tomato soup which I tried and it was absolutely delicious!  For my main course I had the beef and horseradish pizza, which was amazing.  I was really worried the horseradish might be a little overpowering but they got the balance perfect, with just a hint of horseradish, nothing too much!  For dessert I had the snowball dough balls (I mean you can’t go to Pizza Express at Christmas without having them, can you?!) and finished it off with a hot chocolate orange.

To say I was stuffed is an understatement, I wasn’t even that hungry the next morning!  We had such a great time enjoying some tasty food.  I love it when you go to a restaurant and the staff know all of the meals really well.  So when we asked questions they were really friendly and helpful.  Even though the restaurant was really busy the food all arrived quickly and the service was very prompt, which is definitely what you want!

Pizza Express is always one of our favourite places to eat, especially as a family.  There’s always something for everyone and we will definitely be heading back there soon!

We were provided with a meal in exchange for this review, all words and opinions are my own.


Getting ready for Christmas with the Disney Store

Growing up, Disney was always a big part of Christmas for me.  We would usually be treated to a new Disney video as a Christmas present and we lived very nearby to a Disney Store.  I remember my sister and I would spend what felt like ages walking around the store, and telling our mum what we wanted (although we rarely got any of it because it was mostly the ridiculously expensive bits that we would never use!)  We usually ended up going after Christmas and buying some bits with our Christmas money.

Since Oliver arrived I have always known that Disney would be a big part of his festive experience as well.  Last Christmas my mum bought him the 2017 Mickey Mouse soft toy, and he loved it!  I can’t wait for the next few years when he really understands Christmas and will enjoy the magic of Disney at Christmas.  Sadly our local Disney Store closed when I was a teenager, so we have to go a little further afield or shop online when I want to get something, but he will definitely get the magic of Disney at Christmas!

So when Disney Store contacted me asking whether I would like to get involved in their #GiftMagic campaign, I couldn’t say no!  We were very kindly sent a Christmas box, filled with advent ready gifts for Oliver to enjoy throughout the festive season.  I love their Christmas range, especially their range for little people.  Their products are all such great quality and are all so well made.  Oliver loves a gift box, so as soon as he spotted it under the tree he was intrigued!  He was so excited when we opened it up and couldn’t wait to empty it out and see what goodies he had been given.

The first item Oliver was sent the Mickey and Friends festive friends top, trousers and hat set.  Oh my word, isn’t it just the cutest?  He was also lucky enough to receive his very own Pluto soft toy which he loves!  Although he won’t cuddle him (nobody but his bunny gets a cuddle), he loves sidling up to him and tapping on the head (like a real dog)!  He also received a Tsum Tsum which is perfect for his little hands and I’m sure will be played with plenty.  Lastly, he was given a Mickey Mouse fun fill cup, which he adores.  He loves drinking out of ‘proper cups’ and this is the perfect one to get him started.

The Disney Store have such a gorgeous range of Christmas gifts and products, perfect for the whole family.  We are advent ready now, Oliver is going to be wearing his new Christmas outfit to plenty of the events we have planned over the next few weeks.  He’s already worn it to his childminders Christmas party!   Everything we were given would make a perfect gift for a child and would really help make their Christmas perfect.

If you are looking for a special Christmas gift for a Disney fan in your life, look no further than the Disney Store.  You can really #GiftMagic this Christmas.

I was sent these items as a gift in exchange for a post about the Disney Store’s #GiftMagic campaign.  All words and opinions are my own.


16 week bumpdate

I can’t believe I’m already 16 weeks pregnant (and this is my first pregnancy update post..I’ve been slacking as was planning on writing these every weeks..oops!) the pregnancy seems to be flying by!  Those early weeks dragged out, but I think that’s just due to the fact you can’t really speak to anybody about it!

How am I feeling?

I am feeling ok, other than a horrible cough and cold which just won’t go away!  I’m so thankful that this time round I haven’t had any sickness, which I had with my first pregnancy.  However, I am struggling eating meals at the moment, I get halfway through and I feel full or I get really bad indigestion.  I find that certain foods are giving me indigestion, or give me really bad trapped wind, so I’m trying to avoid them as much as I can!

My energy is starting to come back now, the tiredness in the first trimester really got to me. Teamed with running around after an energetic toddler I wasn’t feeling too great.  But now I’m not struggling to get through the day without a nap, which I was before!

I’m firmly in my maternity jeans already, to be honest I have been since about 7 or 8 weeks.  I couldn’t do my normal jeans up, so I have been living in leggings and maternity jeans for weeks.  Bump wise, it has popped out so much earlier this time.  I think with my first pregnancy I barely even had a bump at this point, but at the moment I feel like I’m already massive!

My eczema on my hands has started to flare up again, which I think is a combination of pregnancy and cold weather.  I am pretty sure it got worse at the start of my last pregnancy as well, but calming down as I got further in.  My hair gets greasy really quickly at the moment, I wash my hair every other day, but to be honest if I have the time I wash it every day because on the second day it doesn’t look too great, a lot of dry shampoo is needed!

How’s the baby?

The baby is now the size of a avocado!  It can yawn, rub its eyes and blink. Its’ hair is starting to grow and even the eyelashes and eyebrows are growing as well.  Baby can also hear sounds, and even though its eyes are closed, their eyes are making little movements and can sense changes in light through their eyelids.  The bones are beginning to harden and the arms and legs are completely formed.  Their thumbs few also able to grasp.  I think I have felt those first few flutters of movement now, which is amazing.  I had forgotten how weird it feels when it’s just the flutters rather than the full on kicks, but it’s so nice to know baby is moving around happily.


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