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Monday, 2 September 2019

Our second Vivacats Monthly Subscription Box - Review!

This weekend we received our second Vivacats monthly subscription box, and we couldn't wait to find out what delights were inside.


We opened up the box to discover the theme this month was Beach Box.


As we started unpacking the box Tigger came over to have a nosey, and i think she approved.


The two toys in the Vivacats box this month were a Fish Wand, and a Strawberry Ice Cream.

I took the packaging off the toys and gave them to the girls to see what they thought.



As you can see the Strawberry Ice Cream was a huge hit with Tigger, as soon as she saw it she started playing with it. The Ice Cream does contain Cat Nip. Once she was finished with it Pika had a small play with it too.

They both loved the Fish Wand, and even Beth enjoyed playing with this with the girls.



The Fish Wand has a wooden handle for you to hold, and the fish is attached by a long string, which gives you enough room to play safely without getting the odd nip or claw. The material of the fish is soft with a feather finish at the end, and the inside crunches when its squished.


These Crunchy Cheese Cushions by Rosewood went down a storm. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, High in protein, with Vitamin A, D3 and taurine, which improve hair, skin, eyesight and health, as well as strengthening muscles.


These Chicken & Fish Rolls by Flamingo are like little Cat Sushi. They are low in fat, gluten-free, high in protein and no added sugar. The girls are still kittens, and so their teeth are small. These rolls were rather hard, and it took a little while for the girls to chew through them, although they did enjoy them.


Cat Select's Beef Tartar was a huge hit. This little tin contains wet food which has a 80% water content, which is great for hydration. Cat select use recycled materials for their packaging to help make a better planet. All ingredients are fresh and natural, with no preservatives, colourings or flavourings. 


Last but not least were these Sticky Sheets. They are large stickers which can remove pets hair and lint from surfaces like chairs, bed spreads, sofas, cars or clothes. You simply stick it to the surface and rip it off. The pack contains three sheets. I am yet to use these yet. The girls are short haired so don't leave a lot hair about at the moment. I'm sure there will be a time when i do need them though.

That completes our box for this month. Keep an eye out next month for our third box review.

If you are interested in Vivacats subscription box why not check out our first review, which runs you through the signing up process. 



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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Disneyland Paris News & Elsa Figure - Giveaway!

As you all may know i am not only a massive Disney fan, but also a massive Disneyland Paris fan. We have visited regularly for the last 3 years.

Yesterday Disneyland Paris announced that from the 11th January 2020 to 3rd May 2020 they are launching a new Frozen celebration in the parks, where visitors will be able to join Anna, Elsa and Olaf for an enchanting time. They have not released all the details yet, but we cannot wait to find out what else will be included in the celebrations. We are really hoping we will be able to book to visit in this season too.

Here at Beth Bear we have decided to giveaway this beautiful Elsa statue to celebrate the announcement of the brand new season at Disneyland Paris.



To be in with a chance of winning this beautiful glittering figurine all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below.


Please note this prize will be sent direct from Shop Disney.

This giveaway is open to all UK residents only. 

This prize is non-transferable, cannot be exchanged and no cash alternative will be offered.

A winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter and announced on this Competition page, via Twitter and Facebook.
The winner will be contacted by e-mail, If they do not respond within 28 days another winner may be chosen. 
Any non delivery is unfortunately not my responsibility, However I will try to help with any non delivery issues.
Competition ends on 06/09/2019.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The Drum Inn, Torquay - Food Review!

We recently went to The Drum Inn, Cockington in Torquay for dinner.

Cockington is a picturesque little village, with lots of charm and beautifully thatched houses lining little narrow lanes. It really is stunning. So naturally we were excited to be visiting The Drum Inn and trying out their menu in this beautiful surrounding.

The outside of The Drum Inn is lovely, a beautiful old building with a thatched roof, right in the centre of the village. When we went inside we were greeted by our waitress Rebecca. She asked which area we would like to sit in, we chose to sit upstairs next to the window with a view, and can i say the view didn't disappoint.


Absolutely stunning. 

Inside has a real country feel, and is decorated well.

Anyway........ lets get to the food review.

The menu was great, so much to choose from it took us a while to decide.

I went for the Oven baked button and portobello mushrooms to start, and Ben went for the Caramelised sticky ribs.


The mushrooms were baked in a garlic and mature cheddar sauce served with rustic bread. The sauce was lovely and creamy, and the garlic didn't over power the dish, and portion size was good. I really enjoyed dipping my bread.


The Caramelised sticky ribs were glazed in a maple and chipotle sauce, served with a mango and pineapple salsa.

Obviously i had to try one of these once i saw them come out, they looked amazing and they tasted amazing too. The meat just fell of the bone and the glaze was so good, you got a slight kick once you had swallowed a mouthful. Ben really enjoyed these. The salsa was hidden under the ribs.

Beth didn't have a starter, and decided on a bowl of chips for main. Unfortunately she is very fussy when it comes to eating out, and we do struggle to find anything on the children's menu she will eat in most restaurants. However the children's menu here did have a lot to offer from sausages and burgers to battered cod and pasta, and the prices were really good at just £5.75 for a main choice, veg choice, and side choice. You could also add a pudding for £1.

For main I chose the Prime Beef Burger and Ben chose the 8oz Sirloin Steak. 


 The burger came with triple cooked chips, homemade onion rings and burger relish. I did add cheddar cheese and sweet cured streaky bacon to my burger (at an extra cost).

The burger was lovely and succulent, not dry at all. the flavour was great with the cheese and bacon. The brioche bun was toasted which made it have a slight crunch which was nice, But the chips were something else, i don't think i've ever tasted a chip so good, and Beth totally agreed with me. The triple cooked chips were chunky and crispy on the outside but so lovely and fluffy in the middle ( i can feel my mouth watering just typing this). The onion rings were really nice too, they had a light batter on them so they were not greasy or too heavy. I really enjoyed my main.


Bens 8oz Sirloin Steak came with the amazing triple cooked chips, homemade onion rings a thyme roasted tomato, and small salad. He also added a Blacksticks blue cheese sauce (at an extra cost).

He really enjoyed the chips like we did, he said that his steak was one of the best steaks he has ever had. The meat was so tender and it was cooked perfect (medium-rare). The sauce was really creamy and went perfect with the steak. The onion rings were crispy and crunchy. Overall he really enjoyed his meal.

We did decide we would take a look at the dessert menu, and the Pudding Tasting Platter caught our eye.


This lovely platter had a variety of smaller versions of the puddings available on the menu. It included a gorgeous Creme Brulee (my all time favourite pud) with home-made biscuits, Belgian Chocolate Brownie, Eton Mess, Milk Toffee Tart, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Creme Brulee did not disappoint, it had an amazing crunchy top with a silky creamy brulee. The biscuits were nice too, they were similar to a short bread.

The Eton mess was lovely with its fresh blueberries and Strawberries. It was really light.

The Brownie was very rich and tasty, i don't think i could have eaten anymore that the taster we had, however Ben said he could have, it was his favourite on the platter.

You could really taste the fresh vanilla in the ice cream, it was really refreshing to a have this on the platter.

The Milk Toffee Tart - I couldn't decide if i liked it or not. It was very rich and i found it a bit sickly.


Beth had the children's Belgian Chocolate Brownie and vanilla ice cream from the children's menu. She loved it, its her favourite dessert where ever we go, the brownie was served warm and gooey.

The menu had a lot to offer including pub classics like Fish & Chips, Pie & Mash and Hunters Chicken. But they also serve Homemade Lobster Fish Cakes, Seafood Risotto, Roasted Rack of Lamb and various other less traditional dishes. They also serve bar food if you were just looking for a drink with a small snack. We found the prices to be really reasonable considering the beautiful location the pub is set in, and the quality of the food we ate. For the three of us our bill came to £63.15 including a drink each. 

The service we received from Rebecca was second to none, she always made sure we had everything we needed, including extra sauces, and came to make sure everything was okay with our meals. We didn't have to wait long for our food to be bought out either.

We will definitely be returning to The Drum Inn, but next time for the Sunday Roast and it sounds divine.


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Disclaimer: We were invited to The Drum Inn for the purpose of the review, and received a voucher towards part of the meal, however all opinions are my own.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Choc on choc Melt & Make Chocolate Lollipop Animals - Review!

We were lucky enough to be sent a Melt & Make Kit from Choc on choc to review.


With it being the summer holidays, and having lots of outdoor activities planned we thought we would wait for a rainy day to try it out. Well we didn't have to wait long for one of those!!

I think secretly Bethany had been waiting for a rainy day just so she could make the Chocolate Lollipops.


We opened up the very eye catching box to discover what lay inside.

We had a bag of little milk drops, a paper chef hat, 6 lollipop sticks, the fabulous instructions and the two plastic trays that contained the 5 animal moulds.

as you can see Beth wasted no time putting her chefs hat on.


Beth started by pouring her chocolate drops into a glass bowl. I then carefully heated this in the microwave as per the instructions 40 seconds on a medium heat, then we took it out and stirred it, before putting it back in the microwave for another 40 seconds. We then removed it from the microwave and stirred it and it was perfectly melted.

You can also place the bowl of chocolate drops over a pan of simmering water and stir until melted if you do not have a microwave. Bare in mind that the bowl will be very hot if using this method.

We left the chocolate to cool for a few minutes before transferring it to a jug (I thought this would be easier for Beth to use).


The moulds were laid out on the table ready to go and Beth started pouring the melted chocolate into the them, every now and then she would stop and give it a gentle tap on the table to help it spread evenly and remove any bubbles.


Once all the moulds were filled she started to careful insert the lolly sticks. Each time she added one she twisted it to make sure that it would fully stick once set.

After the lolly sticks were all inserted we popped all the moulds into the fridge to set.

After around 20 minutes we checked on them and they were just set (we could have left them a few minutes longer but Beth was eager to try one).


And here is our finish products. They were very easy to pop out of the moulds and very yummy to eat. The chocolate is very smooth and creamy. I am very fussy with chocolate, but i must admit i did really enjoy the chocolate pig i ate.


And Bethany really enjoyed her Elephant.

I think the Melt & Make Chocolate Animal Lollipops are a great idea, we really had fun, and it makes little ones feel like they are cooking too. Bethany is 8 years old and found it very easy to follow the instructions (with a little help with the microwave). The kit is suitable for ages 3 years up. We did have enough chocolate left over to make another lollipop afterwards, so there is a very generous amount of chocolate supplied.

We have kept our moulds, and will be buying more choc on choc chocolate drops to make more lollipops in the future.

Choc on choc also have more fun melt and make kits on their website.

Keep an eye out for our next choc on choc review coming soon.

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Disclaimer: We were sent the Melt & Make kit for the purpose of the review, but have received no other form of compensation to provide this review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Harry Potters Birthday Celebrations

Last weekend we decided to go to our local Museums Harry Potter Birthday celebrations event.


Bethany is a massive Harry Potter fan, and so I thought this would be great fun. We booked our tickets online as we anticipated that it would be very busy.

When we arrived we went into a room which was full of Arts & Crafts. Bethany decided she wanted to make a Ravenclaw shield as she was wearing her Ravenclaw top (her favourite house is actually Griffindor).


Bethany had so much fun making her shield and she spent a lot of time on it too (with a little help from me and her Aunt).


This was the beautiful finished product.

Around the Museum were various questions about the Harry Potter films. We had been given a sheet to write the answers to the questions, these were all over the Museum and some of them were hidden fairly well. Once we had discovered them all we went to the gift shop and handed in our sheet of answers, and Beth received a sweet.



Beth also had her face painted, there were lots of designs to choose from, but this was her favourite.



Next up was my favourite part of the whole day........ potions class with Professor Snape.

We actually got to go to a real potions class, it was so much fun. We had a little jar with some kind of liquid in, and we were given various things to make the potion, such as bats snot balls and snake skin.



Once the potion was made everyone had to empty their glass jars into a big cauldron so that the potion could be poured into the machine. This then turned an Umbrella into a Bat, not any Bat though........... a Vampire Bat. It turned out we had all used Vampire Bat snot balls instead of Fruit Bats.



Beth said that this was definitely her favourite part of the day too.


Last but not least, we made a wand from twigs. This was good fun too, we got to use a peeler to strip the wood from the wand, and then decorate it using various arts and crafts.

We had a really fun day, and will definitely be going to more local events like this in the future.


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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Games on the Go from Lonely Planet Kids - Review!

Games on the Go from Lonely Planet Kids - Review!


We were lucky enough to be asked to review the new Games on the go from Lonely Planet kids.

This fun pack includes 40 reusable wipe clean cards and an erasable pen. The cards are really well made and there are so many different games on them.


Bethany's favourites were the Word Searches and the Famous places cards.


She also enjoyed the Looking for wildlife card.


We took this pack out in the car when we went on a day trip and the cards really kept her occupied (bar a couple of questions). She said they were really interesting and some were challenging too which she enjoys. The pack included puzzles as well as brainteasers. Its ideal that they are wipe clean and re-usable, and a handy size to carry in a back pack or take in the car. We are off to Lyme Regis to fossil hunt this weekend so they will be coming with us for the car journey again.

I think Games on the Go is real value for money at just £8.99, and could keep a child entertained for hours. We've even had these out to play at home, they are not just for the car, plane or train.



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Disclaimer: We were sent the Games on the Go by Lonely Planet Kids for the purpose of the review, but have received no other form of compensation to provide this review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Vivacats Monthly Subscription Box- Review!

Vivacats Monthly Subscription Box Review

I recently saw a post advertising the Vivacats Monthly Subscription box.
As we have two kittens who are now 5 months old i thought i would give this service ago. 

When you sign up it asks you several questions about your cat/kitten to try and tailor your box to your fur baby. Its very simple and you can then pick which subscription you would like to sign up for. We have picked the 6 month package which includes free shipping and you save 25% for being tied into those 6 months. There are alternatives such as a pay monthly, which means you are not tied in to a subscription, but you do pay more for a box. They also offer a 12 month package.

The first box was £4.42 as an introductory offer, and it took a couple of weeks for it to arrive.


This months box was a Summer Box.


As you can see it arrived nicely packaged.


We opened the box up to discover what great treats were inside.



We received two tins of Thrive Complete Wet food. This is made from 70% fresh meat and tested by feline specialists. It is rich in vitamin A and D. It is highly digestible, with a large protein content and low in fat. The girls loved this and could not eat it quick enough.

We also recieved the Almo nature pouch, but unfortunately this is for adult cats only, so the girls cannot have this yet as they are still kittens.


These Pillow snacks by Flamingo went down really well, they are anti hairball which is ideal for hair shedding in the summer, and they are veal and malt flavour. 


As you can see Tigger really enjoyed these.


In each box you receive a surprise snack, the girls received these Shrimp snacks, unfortunately they didn't go down as well as the other treats. Pika seemed to like these but Tigger wouldn't eat them. I guess we all have something that we don't like, and Tigger's must be Shrimp.


Now these Salmon Granules from Nelly's Cuisine went down a storm with both the kittens. These are made of 80% fresh natural Salmon and are rich in Omega-3 and Vitamins A, B & D. They take great care of your cats skin and fur. They are also good for strengthening bones.


Beth enjoyed feeding the girls these treats.


The last thing we received in this fab box was a Mouse Glove by Flamingo. This was a very simple but fun toy. It was a glove that you put your hand in, and it had 5 mice attached to the glove by elastic. The toy was colourful and fun, but it was a bit of a pain when it got tangled, and could sometimes take a while to de-tangle. It also didn't take Pika long to bite through an elastic part and remove a mouse.




We really loved our first box from Vivacats, and cannot wait to receive our next one. Keep an eye out for our next Vivacats box review which will be up in the next few weeks.


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