Sunday, 2 July 2017

New use for the blog

I have been on a hiatus from my business for a couple of years due to illness and family situations, I will restart my business when I feel ready but in the mean time I will use it to promote items, review places and give hints and tips from stuff I have experienced, reviewed or found

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Day at the Deep

We are still in half term so wanted somewhere to take the kids for the day.
We are based in Sheffield, and are lucky to be within 10 mins of the M1 motorway, with the weather forecast rubbish as ever we decided to head to The Deep. 
The price of a family (2 adults, 2 kids) ticket is £39.50, but for this you get return entry for a year. 
Both of the children had recently been on school trips but with the aid of the superhero treasure hunt it kept them entertained, we wandered round for a good few hours, the penguins and massive sharks being the highlight for us. The kids loved the huge tank and the tunnel and insisted on walking up the stairs "to get a better look".
Once all the fun of the fish had passed we decided to have lunch in the cafe, the kids had chicken nuggets and chips and my hubby and me both had a cooked lunch, the total cost of lunch was less that £23 which we thought was very reasonable, there are also picnic areas so you can bring your own food.
I would recommend The Deep as a family day out, although not the cheapest place, it is very good value for money, with the year pass, and proper Yorkshire size portions of food.
Oh yeah and we did find a certain famous fish whilst we were there........

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

English Heritage- a family day out

Last year before we went on our summer holiday to North Yorkshire we were looking for things to see and do and realised a lot of things in and around the area were English heritage properties, so we decided to become members as it worked out better value for money. Whilst on holiday we visited Rievaulx Abbey, Scarborough Castle, Helmsley Castle, Clifford's tower, Pickering castle and Whitby Abbey, over the summer months last year we visited Roche Abbey, Conisborough Castle and Brodsworth Hall, taking various family members and friends with us.
The kids love to walk round with the audio guides and listen hard for all the information and tell you all the facts as they hear them.

Today as the weather has started to improve we decided to venture out to Bolsover Castle (which we had visited a long while ago)
We let the kids take the lead following the audio guide and letting us know all the information we needed. There were staff on hand to help with any questions we might have had and they were very friendly.
The kids once they had listened to the whole audio then had a good play on the adventure play area whilst mum and dad had a well deserved pot of tea.

I would highly recommend anyone who has kids of a similar age to mine 7 and 6, and like visiting a variety of different types of buildings/castles to sign up for the membership package, it would have cost us £29.40 as none members to visit Bolsover castle today but our membership is less than £10 a month. During the summer months it will again pay for itself

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

New direction

As you all know for the last 5 years I have been running Scarlett Parties and also have been involved with The Network Foundation CIC.
I have both kids now in full time education, and feel the time is right for me to return to my career as a mad scientist.
As of the 1st September I will be working in a local school as a laboratory technician.
I will still be running both The Network and Scarlett Parties but will be less visible at meetings and via telephone and social media during working hours (term time)

Please do keep contacting me, I will respond, it might just take me slightly longer

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A fantastic review- Party in a Box

I have been offering the Party in a box range on my website for approximately 6 months, and have received loads of comments, today I received a review of the product as a whole, and I couldn't wait to share it with you. 

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse "Party in a Box" set -

This has to be one of the cutest sets I have had for any of my children's/nephews/nieces birthdays. 
My nephew is currently crazy about the show with Mickey being his favorite character and we knew we wanted to somehow incorporate this into his party for his 4th birthday. 
This box of goodies arrived swiftly and was a great pleasure to receive as inside had everything needed to make the party extra special on our chosen theme. 
The design is great and of high quality but what I loved the most was how much easier they have made sorting the loot-bags. Lot's of little goodies popped into the loot bag's meant we only had to add a few sweeties and of course a slice of birthday cake. There is also a lovely pack of Mickey confetti which I used to sprinkle over the party food table which gave it that extra special touch... 
Another thing that is well worth a mention is the gift for the birthday child. We actually decided to use this as the main prize in the pass the parcel collaborating on the rest of the theme of the party, it certainly was a huge hit with the little ones! 
All in all I would highly recommend this set to anyone simply for the ease, speed, quantity and of course the main point being great quality!! Scarlett Parties & Events will most certainly be my first point of call for my daughters up and coming birthday later this year! :)

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Good and Bad customer service

In the last week I have experienced both ends of the spectrum of customer service.
I have commended the 2 companies for their excellent customer service, on public forums, and the other end of the scale is still on going.
Helpful friendly staff, that solve issues and respond quickly to queries, are the most important thing for any company.
All 3 experience this week, 2 good and 1 extremely bad, are large, national companies, who have loads of staff and make millions every year.
Costa and Sainsbury's both responded to queries, solved my problems and staff were very friendly and helpful.
My company is only small but I pride myself on customer service. If I can do it, the larger companies should be able to aswell.

Once my issues with the other nation company are resolved I will let you know who they are and the outcome.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Emergency party plan

The weather is horrible, but birthdays keep coming, tomorrow both my kids have been invited to play centre party, that is a 20/30 minute drive away, if the predicted snow falls tonight unfortunately there will some very disappointed 5 and 6 year olds.
I was talking to the birthday girls mum, and asked her if she had a contingency plan, to this I just got a blank look.

My daughters birthday is a couple of days before Christmas, so I always have a plan B in case the weather is too bad to get to the party destination.

I have a box, which I collect things throughout the year, items I can quickly make party bags out of and also small gifts that can be used for pass the parcel and other prizes for games.

I would advise everyone who has a birthday in the winter months to have a "box" to avoid disappointed children.