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  1. When I was 10, I'd have been happy with a cheese pizza and lemonade (to be honest Olive is quite happy with this but then she doesn't eat!) but recently we were invited to sample the new pizza menu at The Wood Oven, Boscombe. Charlie perused the menu for what felt like eternity until he announced “I'll have the Coast”, which was overflowing with seafood, Lymington crab, crayfish tails, smoked salmon, onions & capers (I'm not even sure I know what a caper is!). My first thought was argh great I'm going to be stuck eating a super fishy pizza, but he smiled sweetly and I reluctantly agreed. I needn't have worried though he tucked into his pizza ate a whole slice and said "I'm going to cry .... this pizza is so yummy", he was visibly moved by food. What can I say my boys a foodie!

    The Wood Oven is the newest addition to the ever expanding Urban Guild and overlooks the sea on Boscombe Beach in Bournemouth. You can have your pizza delivered (within a 4 mile radius) or sit outside and enjoy the views or even sit downstairs in Urban Reef as The Wood Oven forms the evening bar snack menu. It caters for everyone. Although we arrived at dusk you could still make out a couple of surfers. The totally awesome pizza is cooked in a traditional wood oven, but let's face it should pizza be cooked in any other way?wood oven boscombe

    Megan decided to have a posh ham and pineapple pizza or Urban Guild as it's called laden with slow roasted shoulder of pork and pineapple. Daddy Moo hasn't been eating meat and this was the first time we have eaten out whilst he's been meat free and he was a little apprehensive as to what he'd be able to have. The Wood Oven has quite a selection of meat free pizza's. He opted for the “Roasted” which is topped with wood oven roasted vegetables, pesto & pine nuts it was really delicious the veg was jam packed with flavour and had that lovely charred Wood Oven smell, colour and taste to it.

    Olive is super fussy so we chose a basic Margherita which normally would make me sad as these pizzas are great for the kids but I end up sharing with her and they are normally a little lackluster. HOWEVER the ingredients are so fresh, the sauce is bursting with flavour and well the cheese "I don't know... it's like no cheese I've ever tasted..." Wallace, A Grand Day Out (1989). I literally had to fight Olive for a slice or two.

    Each pizza is priced at £12, there are plenty of sides to order as well, but the pizza's are a really excellent size meaning you don't need anything wood ovenIt's very atmospheric and lovely downstairs in Urban Reef, the team looked after us like royalty. I managed to save my birthday gingerbread man from the clutches of small children, he was yummy. However the lighting didn't make for excellent photos #bloggerfail.  

  2. Christmas can be a daunting time of the year. Olive is 6 so she just wants everything she's seen on TV between episodes of Peppa Pig from some sort of kids Segway to lip balm craft kits, she wants it all! Charlie on the other hand is 10 nearly 11, declaring this year he no longer wanted toys. Ekkk! I'm not sure he'd feel that way on Christmas Day with a sack full of books and underwear, so I've had to get my thinking cap on. I've mentioned it a few times (sorry) but Charlie loves Tim Peake so if your son or daughter is a space fanatic then you can't go wrong with this list.

    5 Top Gifts For Tim Peake's Number One Fan this Christmas :

    Wouldn't be Christmas without a book or two! Last year Charlie received “Hello, is this planet earth” with it's stunningly breath taking images from space. 

    Ask an Astronaut” is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth including

    Tim PeakeHow does it feel to orbit the earth ten times faster than a speeding bullet? What’s it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space?

    Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. Written to suit all ages, I can see this being something Charlie cuddled up on the sofa to read as well as sharing facts with us over Christmas dinner.

    moon landing projector slide

    Brainstorm Toys are really nailing the space theme this Christmas, there literally is something to suit everyone's interests and budgets. Seeing as my 10 year can't go to space yet what better way to fuel his imagination than to recreate an outer space light show in his room. This high quality slide projector will project a clear image up to one metre wide in a dark room, with 3 interchangeable slides containing 24 colour NASA images.

    What's even cooler is you can add the dome to convert into a super awesome night light. Requires 3 x AA batteries which are not included.projector 

    Charlie's had one of these for a while it sits on the same wall as his Hulk hand! I love how he merges his love of space and Marvel! A unique, interactive model of the moon with 12 illuminated lunar phases. The details are amazing and you'd be surprised it's not the actual moon you see. The phases of the moon can be automatic or manual using the infrared remote control, requires 4 x AA/2 x AAA batteries which are not included. Charlie has his on as a night light I love how it reflects on his TV screen while he's asleep.moon

    This moon also comes with a handy guide book too.

    You'll be pleased to here there are lots of stocking fillers gifts perfect for your mini Tim Peake's too. This torch projects 24 fascinating colour space images onto walls and ceilings in a dark room. There are 3 slide discs containing 24 NASA photographs similar to the full size projector but a fraction of the price. Doubles up as a normal torch too with a handy key chain making it ideal for hanging up and keeping safe. Batteries are included.


    What self respecting mini astronaut/Tim Peake doesn't want freeze-dried Neapolitan ice cream for afters on Christmas Day!? This crumbly colourful block doesn't look or feel like real ice-cream but oh boy it tastes like it! So just how do you make freeze dried ice-cream? Using a vacuum chamber the ice-cream is frozen until the water crystallise, then the air pressure is lowered, forcing air out of the chamber. Next heat is applied, which vaporise the ice. Finally using freezing coil to trap the vaporised water, this process then continues until a perfect freeze-dried ice cream slice is produced. Amazing right!

    For under £10 and available in a ton of flavours Space Food makes a great stocking filler. 

    Well I don't know about you but I'm starting to get a little excited about Christmas!


    Brainstorm Toys sent me a collection of items to review. Not all mentioned above are from Brainstorm.

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