Sunday, 31 January 2016

Me & Mine 2016 - January

I would have loved to have gotten a photo of us all in the snow this month but it just didn't happen. By the time we were all together and able to take a photo, it was gone! That's the trouble with being a busy family, working or going to school. Time just runs away from you!

So our family photo this month was a quick selfie in a restaurant whilst we waited for friends to arrive. We were celebrating Daddy's birthday!

I can't believe how fast this month has passed. Usually January is a pretty slow month for us and it seems to go on forever. I don't know if it's because we've been back to school and college after the Christmas break but the weeks just flew by and I honestly can't believe that it is February tomorrow. 2016 - you are going to be super quick year aren't you?

Husband has been working hard as always. He's been enjoying watching a few TV shows in his spare time and enjoying a night out for his birthday with a few of his friends. I don't know what his last year in his thirties will bring for him but hopefully it will be filled with laughter, fun and luck. He definitely deserves it.

Z has been enjoying STEM fortnight at school, learning more about space and going on a visit to the science centre. He got a second tab on his purple belt at Karate and he receive Pupil of the Week at school for hard work and effort every day.

Miss C loved being back at horse riding last weekend after a break over the Christmas holidays. She adores horses and would probably live in a stable beside one if you let her. We've booked her in to the Easter loan at her riding school with her favourite pony, Jocky. She doesn't know yet but I know she will be super excited to "own" Jocky for a full week.

I wonder what February will have in store for our little family?

The Me and Mine Project

Cuddles with a Cousin

A new baby in the family is always such a special moment and an occasion that we recently celebrated when my brother-in-law and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby girl in to the world a few weeks ago.

Whilst as a family we consider even my cousins' children as our nieces and nephews, meaning we have 2 nephews and 4 nieces with another 2 nieces due this year, we actually only have 2 "official" nieces. My Sister has Miss K who will be 5 in April and we now have a baby niece who is only a few weeks old. Poor Z is surrounded by girls but at least we have him to carry on Husband's family maiden name won't be carried on by anyone as my Dad is the last boy in my family!

When Miss K was born, we headed down to Manchester to meet our baby niece. Z and Miss C were only 3 and 1 at the time so we didn't know what they'd make of their baby cousin.

Holding a new baby once you have children of your own evokes two things; wonder and amazement. You wonder how on earth your own children were ever that small and you are amazed that this new baby seems so much easier than your own toddlers, who are running around high on brownie sugar. It also brings back the memories of baby smells, baby cuddles, baby sick and baby cries. And don't forget the sleepless nights!

Miss C wasn't interested in Miss K at all. Z felt brave enough to hold her but soon handed her back when she started crying.

As Miss K has gotten older, Z and Miss C love spending time with her and Miss K adores them. She lives 250 miles away but they still remember each other when they get together.

Our new niece is only 10 minutes away and I can't wait to see how the relationship between the three of them grows. I think Z will be very protective of her because he's 9 years older than her and I think Miss C will be her confidant. I think she'll look up to Miss C when he's Z's age and maybe want to be like her and I think Miss C will love being almost a big sister to her.

When we visited her yesterday, Miss C watched her as she lay sleeping in her pram. And when she started grumbling, Miss C alerted her Uncle that her dummy had fallen out. Miss C made sure she was tucked up cosy and had her little teddy in beside her.

When she woke up and came out for a cuddle, Miss C asked to hold her. She sat up on the couch and told me to get a cushion for under her arm because she knew that the baby would be too heavy for her to hold herself so she'd need some extra help. She held her in really close to her and stroked her little hand as her Uncle took a picture. It was so cute!

As we were leaving and offering babysitting services, Miss C asked if we could take her home there and then. That's the beauty of feeling a bit broody and having a new baby in the family; we can always hand her back!

366 Project 2016 Days 24 - 30

Last Sunday, Miss C and I headed to horse riding. We hadn't been since before Christmas so we were really looking forward to going back. Miss C rode Jocky and I rode a beautiful mare named Piper. She was a dream! I rode up front, leading the school and it was so much fun. When we got home, we got showered and changed and headed out to the local toy shop so Z could pick a treat for getting Pupil of the Week at school. Then it was back home to an afternoon of ironing.

On Monday, it was Burn's day in Scotland and we celebrated by wearing tartan and eating haggis, neeps and tatties. After school, Miss C and I did her homework and Z got to play his tablet as he had finished his. It was a quick wash after dinner, a book and then bed time for us all. I was shattered!

On Tuesday, I had my second day of the week at placement. I wasn't feeling great but I powered through the day. I picked the kids up from my friend's house and we headed home to do homework and school book reading. We had spaghetti bolognaise for dinner; one of my favourites!

On Wednesday, it was my day off. I dropped the kids off at school and headed in to placement to get some paperwork. When I got home, I did some prep for a presentation for college and then caught up with Hollyoaks. I'm definitely going to miss my mid-week day off when I start working. I picked the kids up from school and we came home to get changed and do homework. The kids wanted to give the gerbils a cuddle after dinner.

On Thursday, I dropped the kids off at school and headed to another job interview. It was for another local authorities supply list which means I can go in on supply if a staff member is off in a particular establishment and it gives me the opportunity to get to know other areas, other staff and get my face known. I got the job which is always a great feeling! I headed in to college after lunch as we had a big presentation to do. Thankfully it went well! I picked up my new samples from Darceys, a Scottish soy wax melts and candles company, and the kids couldn't wait to smell them!

On Friday, the wind was really strong and I was dreading going outside but it seemed to die down by school drop off time. I headed to college for the day. It went pretty quickly but I was glad to get home at 4pm. The kids played a bit of Xbox whilst I made the dinner. Once Husband was home, we got changed in to our jammies and watched Big Hero 6. Miss C looked very cosy in her slippers from Next.

On Saturday, Z went to Karate and Miss C and I headed to Asda for our shopping. I decided to change our bed and Miss C decided she was going to burrow inside my duvet! After lunch, we went to visit our niece. Miss C decided she wanted to hold her which was really, really cute. Once we got home, we had pizza for dinner and then caught up with Take Me Out once the kids were in bed.

Friday, 29 January 2016

My Travelling Pet Peeves

I love to travel. The excitement of going on holiday, whether it be somewhere by plane to somewhere hot or by car to visit family in the UK, and having something to look forward to after working hard all year. We all hope that when we travel, everything goes smoothly but unfortunately it doesn't always work out that way. have asked travelers to tell them about their pet peeves when travelling. They published the results in a slideshow which you can check out below. Are any of your pet peeves in there?

Holiday Gripes by

My biggest pet-peeve when I'm travelling by plane is when you've landed and people are already queuing up the aisles to try and get off the plane first. It's really annoying, especially when we are all going to get off the plane and go to the same place anyway. I also really hate when people recline their chairs for the full flight, especially when it isn't a night flight. You really do need to have some consideration for other travelers when you fly.

In the airport, I hate when everyone crowds around the carousel to collect their luggage. Yes we all want to get our luggage and I guess there is the worry of missing cases and I know I definitely feel better once I have my luggage but why does the full family have to be up at the carousel? When Husband and I travel, one of us waits at a seating area nearby with a trolley and the kids and the other collects the cases.

By car, I find it really difficult to deal with being a passenger. I get car sick on the shortest of rides if I'm not driving so it's really bad when we drive down to Manchester to see Bella and Pops. I'm also really critical of other drivers, especially those who speed or talk on their phones! And don't get me started on lorry or taxi drivers! Just the other day, a lorry almost clipped the front of my car when it decided to pull out in front of me.

However, once I reach my destination, all is forgotten and I can't wait to enjoy our holiday. What are your biggest travel pet peeves?

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Dining in Disney - Day 13

We spent our last full day in Florida in the Magic Kingdom park. Here's where and what we ate:

Breakfast at Landscape of Flavours - Art of Animation

We had our usual breakfast of cereal, water, fruit and cookies. We became pretty good at figuring out the best way to get lots for breakfast without it costing loads. Husband had a steak burger and fries with orange juice.

The total cost of our breakfast was $29.50. No tip required.

Lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe - Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom

This is a quick service restaurant in Magic Kingdom but it was very busy when we went in. Thankfully we managed to find a table within a few minutes.

The menu has a selection of chicken, beef and pork dishes but it is mainly burgers or sandwiches. The kids and I decided to get chicken nuggets and Husband chose a chicken sandwich.

The children's meals come with fries and you can order an extra side as well as drink of water or juice. I ordered a side of fries for us as I didn't realise that they came with a side of fries already so we had two portions of fries each! It was far too much and I'm a bit disappointed that the cast members serving us didn't mention that fries were already included with the chicken nuggets. We could have ordered a side of fruit instead!

The chicken nuggets were pretty tasty and Husband enjoyed his chicken sandwich but we were definitely fried up too the max.

The total cost of our meal was $32.50. No tip required.

Snack from The Friar's Nook - Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

We fancied some carrot cake so we stopped off at The Friar's Nook to get some. They were really delicious but two between the four of us was definitely enough.

The total cost for our snack was $9.50. No tip required.

Dinner at Landscape of Flavours - Art of Animation

There is so much variety in the Landscape of Flavours but I have to say, it was our least favourite place to eat dinner during our stay. By the time you had ordered all the food, the first dish you collected was cold! But it was our last night and we had returned to the hotel early so we had to make do with our dinner there.

Z wanted a chicken burger for his dinner with a side of crisps and Miss C wanted a pizza. We collected both of those first at those two locations were always the busiest. Husband and I decided to have some Indian; he chose the Tandorri boneless chicken thighs with a side of veg and naan and I chose the butter chicken with a side of basmati rice and naan bread. The naan bread was freshly made and really tasty!

The total cost of our meal was $35. No tip was required.

For the full day we spent $106.50 so you can definitely dine in Disney for around $100 per day if you wanted to.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Florida Day 13 - Magic Kingdom for our Last Day

On our final full day in Florida, there really was only one place to go and that was Magic Kingdom as a foursome. We had breakfast at the hotel really early and then jumped on the bus one last time.

Miss C and I were on a mission to meet Princess Aurora as she was the only Princess we hadn't met and we wanted to try and meet Mary Poppins and Marie from the Aristocats. Husband and Z had a fast pass for Splash Mountain so they headed there whilst Miss C and I were first in line to meet Princess Aurora. She was lovely!

Miss C and I headed up Main Street and spotted Mary Poppins coming in to the new garden area at the front of the castle so we made a mad dash over to meet her. Miss C asked her how she managed to get the horses off the carousel and Mary Poppins whispered in her ear cause it was a big secret!

The boys went on Splash Mountain twice because it was so quiet; I think most people head to Fantasyland as soon as they get in to the park because it seems to be the busiest area of Magic Kingdom.

We decided to head towards Adventureland as Pirates of the Caribbean only had a 5 minute wait and it was definitely one of our favourite rides. When we came out, we noticed that the Pirates League show with Captain Jack Sparrow was starting soon so we grabbed a spot near the front of the stage and waited.

The Pirate League show is really fun and interactive with the audience as Z found out when he got chosen by Captain Jack Sparrow to join him on stage for a sword fight. He loved the experience especially since he didn't get to take part in the Jedi Training Academy in Hollywood Studios as it was closed.

After the show, we headed back to Main Street and managed to catch a show in front of the castle starring Mickey and Co and some of the Princesses with their Princes. It was really fun to watch.

We managed to meet Marie at the entrance to Main Street. Miss C loves The Aristocats, especially Marie as she reminds her of our cat Casper.

After some lunch, we headed towards Barnstormer for our Fastpass. Miss C sat right at the front with Daddy and loved it. Barnstormer was definitely her favourite rollercoaster. We then headed to The Little Mermaid ride for one last shot. And, of course, we needed one last shot on the carousel.

We headed back to Tomorrowland for our Fastpass on The Buzz Lightyear ride but first, we had a relaxing tour of Tomorrowland on the People Mover.

It was then time to leave the park for an afternoon by the pool. It was quite warm out and by the time we got back to the hotel, we were all feeling a bit tired so we had a nap instead.

We had dinner at the Landscape of Flavours and then Husband took the kids to watch a movie under the stars by the pool whilst I finished up packing. Miss C fell asleep watching the movie because she was so tired.

It was an early bed, ready for our flight home the next day.

Here are two videos we made of the day...

How to be a Better Parent

If you're someone who is considering having children you're probably already worrying about how to be a good parent, and even if you already have some kids of your own the issue shouldn't be unknown to you. We all have moments of doubt, but we want only the best for our little ones. Being a better parent goes beyond things like buying clothes and toys or building a friendship with your children, although that's important as well. By following these helpful tips, you can step your parenting game up and make a lasting change in your relationship with your kids!

Lead By Example

Guess what? "Do as I say, not as I do" is an awful strategy for raising children and parents who adhere to this old chestnut are the ones who tend to struggle the most with their poor behaviour later on. If you want your kids to respect you and take you seriously, then you need to start practising what you preach. The majority of children are not going to blindly obey someone who explicitly ignores their own advice. For instance, many parents find themselves at a loss when they need to answer to excessive demands of their kids, but if you show them how to respect the value of money and live frugally it shouldn't be a problem. In order to develop such lifestyle, don't forget to look for the best deals and shop with Discountrue coupons, which will let you lower the prices in many popular shops, such as JCPenney or Kohl's.

Don't Criticise Every Little Mistake

Mistakes are one of the most powerful teaching tools that we have at our disposal and when you refuse to let your child make them, you are depriving them of powerful educational moments. Stand back once in a while and let them have their mistakes, without intervening or offering any sort of criticism. They will learn more this way.

Let Them Be Bored

You do not have to provide an activity for your child every time they complain about boredom. Remember when you were little and you used your imagination to have a good time? Your little ones have the same capability, but they are not always looking to unlock it. By stepping out and allowing your children to become a little bored, you are giving their true identities a chance to emerge, which is one of the most satisfying moments that a parent can experience.

Explore Behaviour More Deeply

A child's "bad" behaviour often comes with a reason. Children are not inherently mischievous or ill tempered, so ask them for the reason why they are behaving poorly, instead of resorting to immediate punishment. When you are teaching your child about proper behavioural techniques, an actual explanation as to why the thing they did was wrong goes much further than sending them to their room.

Leave Corporal Punishment Behind

This leads to us to our final point: make corporal punishment a thing of the past. We have ream after ream of scientific data that shows you how foolish this method of discipline can be and all it does is cause children to become afraid of their parents or even resent them. Children are much more reasonable than given credit for, so put your hand down and try conversing with them instead. 

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Celebrating Burn's Day in Fashion

Burn's Day is something that I don't choose to celebrate but they do like to mark the occasion at school by letting the children wear something tartan and by serving haggis, neeps and tatties for lunch.

Z doesn't own anything tartan and wasn't keen on the offer of a tartan sash from one of the ladies in my placement but Miss C was rocking Burn's Day in her outfit...

This was taken before we had brushed her hair, just in case you think she goes to school with hair like that! That's only how it looks at the end of the school day.

I adore these tartan shorts which I got for her from Next maybe two years ago to wear at Christmas and they still fit her great. The black tights came with the shorts and her polo shirt and red jumper are both from George at Asda and are her usual school uniform clothes.

Aside from wearing tartan and eating haggis, neeps and tatties, we listened to some Scottish music and found out some facts about Robert Burns.

And for those of you wondering about haggis, it tastes a bit like spicy mince. It's not too bad at all and both Z and Miss C love it.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Bedroom Looks Inspired by Next

Aside from being one of my favourite places to buy the kid's clothes from, I love a walk around the homeware department of our local Next store. I love seeing how they've dressed a living room or decorated a bedroom with different colours, fabrics and accessories. As strange as this may sound, I have loved doing this since I was about Miss C's age. Even browsing through catalogues and picking out my favourite pieces for my dream home.

On Sunday, with nothing much else to do aside from a mountain high pile of ironing, Miss C and I took a lazy stroll around the bedroom department of our local Next. We aren't really thinking about decorating any of the bedrooms but if we do, Miss C's will definitely be the next one.

Miss C loved this bed and said she really wanted it for her room. It's very similar to what she has already but her bed is pine unlike this one in oak. It also doesn't have the middle ladders; they are at the end of the bed. What I loved about it was the bit you can't see; at the bottom of the bed, there is an opening so all of her toys could be stored underneath the bed giving her easy access to them but keeping them out of view in her small bedroom.

We both loved the ballet themed bedding and canvases.

After looking around the children's department, we went to have a nosy around the grown up department.

I'm really loving greys and silvers just now so this room is my idea of bedroom heaven. OK the mirrored cabinets would be a nightmare to keep clean but aren't they gorgeous?

We don't have space for a chair in our room any more because of our wardrobes and chest of drawers but if we did, I'd love something like this.

I also love purple, especially the lighter shades and I think it goes really well with the cream furniture but I think it would also go really well with grey. How cosy does this bed look?

This was Miss C's favourite look. I think green is a bit different for a bedroom but again, it goes really well with the grey. I'm thinking of going green and grey for my living room.

Here is where Miss C will (apparently) do her "getting ready for parties" when she is a bit older!

Which is your favourite look from this collection?

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A Birthday Dinner with Friends

It was Husband's birthday recently and we decided to book dinner as a treat for him last weekend. We headed to Cosmo restaurant which is a buffet serving dishes from all over the world. We do love a good buffet and, having never been to Cosmo before, we wanted to try it out.

We headed there with four of our very good friends; two couples. One of the couples are our neighbours. Well they live a few doors up from us but we class them as our neighbours as well as very good friends. The other couple is made up of Z's God Father and his fiancée and he recently moved from our street to Ireland, where his fiancée is from. They were visiting for the weekend so it was nice we could all get together and catch up over some yummy food.

There was so much food to choose from, we actually had quite a few plates. Even the kids were up and down, choosing bits and pieces to try. Dessert was the best bit. Aside from the cakes and ice cream, there was a chocolate fountain and lots of sweeties. We were in sugar heaven,

We had a really, really great time. Friends are such an important part of life so if you can find some really, really good ones, you know you're a lucky person. My Stepdad used to say to me that if I could count my true friends on one maybe two hands, then I was richer and luckier than I knew and it's so very true. In the past few years, I've come to realise who my true friends are and our four friends dining with us that weekend are some of our very best friends; friends for life indeed.

Of course, they would absolutely kill me if I posted their photo on here so here is one of me instead, enjoying the Cosmo puddings.

366 Project 2016 Days 17 - 23

On Sunday, we woke up fairly early and decided to stay in bed and watch a film together. After breakfast, Miss C and I got ready for a birthday party she had been invited too. The roads were quite bad from the snow the day before but I managed to get her to the party in one piece! She had a lot of fun at the party and it was lovely to see who she played with from her class. After the party, we headed home to collect Husband and Z as we were heading out for dinner with friends for Husband's birthday. We went to Cosmo which is a buffet restaurant. The food was really good and we were all full to bursting when we were finished.

On Monday, it was Husband's birthday. Sadly he had to work which Miss C definitely disapproved of! If only we could take our birthdays off work or school! I went to placement and the kids went to school. It was another quick day! I picked the kids up from my friend's house and we headed home to do their homework. We had chili con carne for dinner which was really yummy! Z received the Pupil of the Week award at school! It's been a good month at school for us!

On Tuesday, I headed back to placement for the day. It always goes quickly in placement because you are kept busy! I picked the kids up from my friend's house and we walked home. It was cold but it was dry and it was great to get out for some fresh air. Miss C and I did her homework when we got in and Z played Xbox. After dinner, the kids tidied their rooms, had a shower and we read a new book we hadn't read before by Julia Donaldson called Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox.

On Wednesday, it was my day off. As last week was the end of semester one of college, I didn't have any work to do so instead I did some blog work and listened to some throwback mixes on YouTube. It was a 3 slices of toast kind of day too. Z went on a school trip to the Science centre as part of STEM fortnight and said it was amazing. After dinner, we took Husband to pick up his car as it was having some work done to it for its MOT at the end of this month.

On Thursday, I went to college after dropping the kids off at school. It was the start of semester two so we had new classes including our graded unit class. Our graded unit is the biggest part of the course aside from our SVQ work so it is a big class to take in but I'm looking forward to researching my topic which is STEM. I picked the kids up from my friend's when I finished and we headed home for pasta for dinner. The kids had macaroni and I had spaghetti with some spring onion and tomatoes.

On Friday, I headed to college for a half day as I had an interview in the afternoon for a job which went really well and I've been offered a position which is fab! I won't start full time until I finish college but I can do some work whilst I'm at college until then. We watched a movie after dinner; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The kids love this film. We enjoyed some Chewy Chewy Caramel ice cream from Asda's own range. It tastes better than the Ben & Jerry's flavour!

On Saturday, Husband was working so I took Z to Karate and headed to Asda to do a quick food shop. When we got home, we cleaned the gerbils out. They are never happy when we give them new bedding because they have to rebuild their home. We had lunch; baguettes for the kids and some delicious tomato and lentil soup for me. It had quite a kick to it. Husband and I washed our cars when he got home. I got him to wash my alloys and roof though cause he does them better and he can reach. The kids went for a bike ride afterwards, collecting Z's best friend on the way and headed to the park. It was great to get out in the fresh air now the snow and rain have decided to take a break.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Playing in the Snow

As the snow started to fall last Saturday, slowly at first and then in big, heavy flakes, the kids stared out the window, eager to get outside to play. They wanted to go sledging again but there was no way I was driving in the snow. And, as we live at the bottom of a hill, there wasn't any way my car was leaving the street. 

Instead, after dinner and wrapped up in cosy jackets, we went out in to the garden and played in the snow. 

Miss C collected some of her Schleich animals from her bedroom and brought them out to play. She watched as they made footprints in the snow and then she buried them. 

I think her dogs could have done with a jacket too!

Z decided to be a typical boy and see how high he could throw snowballs. He tried to aim one at the house but I quickly scraped that idea. 

One of our favourite things to do in the snow is to make footprints, especially on any untouched snow! I love the crunch under my feet! 

After awhile, Miss C realised that sitting in the snow probably wasn't her best idea. We headed in to the house for a shower to warm up, cosy jammies and a movie. 

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Dining in Disney - Day 12

On our twelfth day in Florida, we had a lazy morning by the pool and then headed to Epcot for the rest of the afternoon. We had a dinner reservation at the Yachtsman Steakhouse, located in the beautiful Yacht Club Resort. Here's where and what we ate:

Breakfast at Landscape of Flavours - Art of Animation

We had our usual breakfast of cereal and sides of fruit and a cookie. We also had a toasted bagel and some fresh orange juice. Husband had his steak burger and fries. We kept our fruit and cookies to have by the pool later on.

The total cost of our meal was $32.50 with no tip required.

Snacks in Epcot

It was such a warm day that we weren't feeling overly hungry so we got some ice cream instead. The kids chose a Mickey ice cream cookie sandwich, Husband chose a Mickey ice cream encased in a chocolate shell and I chose a strawberry ice lolly.

The snacks cost us around $17 with no tip required.

Dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse - Yacht Club Resort

We were really looking forward to our dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse. We decided to book a fancy dinner just before the end of our holiday and the Yachtsman Steakhouse sounded perfect. Located in the Yacht Club resort, it really is a dream place to visit if you love sailor inspired decor. It kind of reminded me a bit of the hotel in Dirty Dancing. The resort has its own man made beach and it was really calm and relaxed in comparison with the Art of Animation which was go, go, go!

The restaurant was quite busy and there were lots of families in there which was a relief as I was worried it might be a bit too fancy for kids. Not that Z and Miss C misbehave in restaurants; sometimes though, you do wonder how other childless diners will react to kids being in a posh place. Thankfully we didn't need to worry!

The staff were great and very efficient. The menu read very well and I struggled to choose what I wanted because there were so many delicious sounding dishes. We chose a starter, main and pudding as it was our last big meal of the trip. Husband also treated himself to a bottle of champagne.

For starters I had lobster bisque which was really, really tasty. The portion size was really good too and I felt like I'd had just enough to really enjoy it. Husband had pork belly and clams and again, it was really tasty. Z even tried some of the clams and loved them.

For mains, I had the 6oz Black Angus filet mignion which came with mash potatoes. The steak was cooked perfectly and was so tender. It came with a Cabernet wine sauce which went really well with the steak. Husband went for the 18oz Kansas City Strip steak with malt fries. Extra sides, such as vegetables or onion rings, are charged as an extra with your main dishes but the main dishes are a decent sized portion that we didn't feel we needed any sides at all.

Husband was so stuffed after his steak, he couldn't managed a pudding but I went for good old trusted crème brulee and I'm glad I kept space as it was delicious.

The kids' menu had a great selection of dishes and all very reasonably priced. For starters the kids had chicken noodle soup which they thought was very tasty. For mains, Z chose the steak skewers served with mash potatoes and veg and Miss C chose the pasta and meatballs.

For their pudding, I decided to order for them. I had heard that the Mickey Puzzle pudding was a fantastic pudding to get for the kids and we certainly weren't disappointed when they arrived!

The kids had great fun painting their chocolate pudding and then eating every last bit.

As part of the meal, your table receives a selection of really delicious breads including these amazing onion and garlic muffin/pastry type goodies. I could have eaten them all night.

We really, really enjoyed our meal at the Yachtsman Steakhouse. If you were on the Dining Plan, it would be the equivalent of 2 Dining Credits (correct at time of publishing) and definitely worth saving two for. The food and service was superb.

The total cost of our meal was around $260 including tax and we left a 20% tip taking our total bill to around $315. An expensive meal but definitely worth it.

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