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Review: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, London

If you’ve seen Forrest Gump, I don’t need to explain who Bubba Gump is. If you haven’t seen it, go and see it now! It’s a classic.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co is the only restaurant chain based on a motion picture and everything in the joint reminds you of the film down to the down-home décor, quotes and movie memorabilia. Set over two floors Bubba Gump London can feed up to 400 guests – the place is pretty big without losing its atmosphere.

The star of the show is of course shrimp but there’s something for everyone with seafood, salads, kids meals, ribs and desserts. There’s also a gluten free menu which of course piqued my interest! There’s not a load on it but there is the option to have most dishes on the a la carte menu modified to gluten free upon request.

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Before the food comes they keep the kids entertained with colouring and word search and we sat in a booth (seats up to six) which had cute quotes from the film (which admittedly went over the kids head) and pictures of old fashioned toys and pictures which they loved.

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Food wise we had a little bit of everything and left feeling absolutely stuffed! I mean look at all this:

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
13 Coventry St (inside Trocadero)
London
W1D 7AB
Open from 11 am until 11 pm

bubbagumpshrimp.co.uk

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Review: Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! London

Last Sunday we spent the day getting to know a little more about what’s available in the wonderful city of London.

Isn’t it terrible that when you live somewhere, you only see ‘tourist attractions’ when you have visitors? With the summer holidays in full swing it’s time to get to know what’s on my doorstep.

We spent the morning at Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum! in London. I walk past Ripley’s all the time but have to confess I’d never been inside. I’ve been missing out! The museum is full of the weird and wonderful: amazing art, curious cultures, remarkable people as well as the must-visit interactive features like the graffiti wall, mirror maze as well as our favourites – black hole and the impossible lacer race which left us all feeling all Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the iconic Alice in Wonderland, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London has opened a pop up gallery this summer dedicated to the Lewis Carroll story. Inspired by Alice’s adventures, the gallery features a mad hatter table, a giant perfume bottle as well as an incredible Ames room which gives the illusion you are either a giant or very small, just like Alice is in the film.

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There are more Alice in Wonderland themed delights including an upside down room, the miniatures gallery and Marvellous Mirror Maze. The Alice in Wonderland gallery at Ripley’s London is open throughout the (UK) summer holidays.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 10am until midnight (last admission 10.30pm). Tickets are £26.95 per adult and £19.95 per child. Family tickets are £79.95 based on two adults and two children. Purchase your tickets online in advance and save 15%.

I have one family ticket worth £79.95 valid for a family of four (2x adults 2x children or 1x adult and 3x children) to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is the following:

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When you have followed both steps, leave a comment below to let me know you’ve entered. Winner will be selected at random and the ticket sent to them by post by Ripley’s London. The competition is open to everyone until July 31 2015, so whether you’re a Londoner or visiting from elsewhere it’s a great prize for a family day out.

Good luck!

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Cleanmarine Krill Oil x PMT

We have a joke amongst my girlfriends – catch me on my ‘good week.’ There’s the week before your period, the week of your period and the week after your period where all restraint (esp in the kitchen!) rules and sanity go out of the window. PMT in all its guises is the worst.

Typical PMT symptoms include decreased energy, tension, irritability, depression, headache, altered sex drive, breast pain, backache, abdominal pain, bloating and water retention. Nice.

Cleanmarine Krill Oil for Women is a new omega 3 oil supplement that can help women with PMS to naturally reduce the severity of PMT. Krill oil provides two omega-3 essential fatty acids which, at high doses, can help the body to regulate hormonal imbalances and can effectively ‘switch off’ premenstrual pain, inflammation, bloating, breast pain, headaches, anxiety, nervousness, depression and cravings.

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Cleanmarine Krill Oil for Women combines krill oil with other hormone balancing nutrients including soy isoflavones (a type of phytoestrogen) which helps ease headaches, cramps and back pain. It also includes rosemary oil and vitamin D which can help to lift depression as well as vitamins B1, B2 and B6, which are all important for hormone balance, energy production and skin health.

As we don’t naturally produce omega 3, we have to get this into our system through natural sources like fish, soy, kidney beans and walnuts or via supplements. Fish don’t make omega 3 but they get it from their diet of krill, algae and plankton in the ocean. By going direct to source and extracting the oil from krill rather than other fish ensures the fatty acids are in the best form for enabling the body to absorb them more efficiently. This also helps to avoid the fishy aftertaste associated with other fish oils. Fishy burps are quite unattractive!

The supplement was put to clinical tests in an in depth study overseen by Mike Wakeman from the University of Birmingham in 2013. Over 90 days, 29 women who suffer with PMT received 2 capsules of Cleanmarine Krill Oil for Women. At the end of the three months there was an average of 69% improvement of symptoms. Yes please!

You can buy Cleanmarine Krill Oil for Women direct from cleanmarinekrill.co.uk or at Ocado or Amazon. 60 x 600mg marine gel caps cost £22.99.

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Bubble Barber Shop With Paddy’s Bathroom

Paddy’s Bathroom is a new range of lovely bathroom accessories especially for children. It’s from the same dad who brought us Ella’s Kitchen so you know everything is as natural and organic as possible. They are also super gentle and sting-free on little eyes.

Paddy’s Bathroom recently opened its doors to the world’s first Bubble Barber for two days only in London. It was a great success and with a menu of bubbly barnets to choose from, little ones were given the chance to sport their favourite celebrity hairstyles in bubble form, ranging from David Beckham’s Mohawk to Princess Leia’s Space Age Buns!

Learn how to make your Bubble Barber Shop here:

The Paddy’s Bathroom range includes hand wash, shampoo, bubble bath and hair and bath foaming wash/mousse. Rest assured every product has the potential to create lots of bubbles!

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A donation from every Paddy’s Bathroom sale goes towards the Drop Buy Drop programme, helping kids in Rwanda get access to clean, safe water.

The kids love how the bath products create a TON of bubbles and I like that there’s a CSR element to the range. Prices start at £4.49 and the range is available in most supermarkets.

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Old man Withers!

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Summer Books For Kids Age 5 and Under

The summer holidays are but around the corner which means inevitable days stuck indoors and cries of ‘I’m bored!’ Or maybe you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere which could mean long travel times and more cries of ‘I’m bored!’

Either way, prepare yourself now with my favourite distraction – books!

My First French Word Book – £7.99
Kingston is in Reception where he has been learning French so we are loving this new board book of simple French words. We practice a new word and phrase every night to reinforce what’s learned at school. If you are travelling to France this summer this book is a must take to help them use all the words and phrases they’ve learned at school. It looks like a picture dictionary so is very easy and covers subjects like ‘Les animaux’ and ‘Mon corps’. I had a great time reading it with him as it brought back to mind all the French I learned (and loved) at school.

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The Usborne Third Big Maze Book – £7.99
Kingston is really into mazes and puzzles at the moment so there’s lots of fun to be had with this 60-page book of mazes. He gets to dodge aliens, lead lost explorers and smuggle pirate treasure as he works his way through the book. The mazes get progressively harder so they might need a little help as they get closer to the end which results in some nice quality time together.

I’m putting both books on an easy access shelf in preparation for August!

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