Escape Reality Cardiff *

**Disclaimer – hubby and I went for free in exchange for a review. All opinions in this post however, are mine (or hubby’s lol!)**

Last weekend was our 11th wedding anniversary. I really can’t believe how time flies. We don’t really celebrate our anniversary to be honest with you and as last year was our 10th we didn’t really have plans to celebrate this year. 

That all changed when I was offered a chance to try out the new Escape Reality escape rooms in Cardiff. My initial excitement wore off slightly when I read a review by someone who had failed to escape and hinted that they would have been more successful had there been more than 3 of them. I wondered how the 2 of us were likely to complete the puzzles if 3 of them were unable to do so? 

Turns out my fears were unfounded. I don’t believe number of players has any bearing on success. 

We had been advised to try Jungala as we had never attempted an escape room before. We were told that we had found an old board game which after starting to play and seeing the horror inside we decide to leave:

 (Taken from the website)

We were quite apprehensive at this point as we had no idea what to expect. 

We were given instructions on how the room worked and how to use the tablet we were given. After asking if we had any questions our guide left and shut the door. The clock immediately started counting down the hour and the pressure was immense. 

We struggled a bit at the start and wasted a bit of time competing the first 2/3 puzzles but once we got into the swing of things we seemed to complete puzzles faster. The tablet allows you to ask for a hint or a solution for each puzzle but they do come with time penalties so we tried not to use them. There are also plenty of cameras in the room so you can call for help if necessary. 

Hubby and I absolutely loved the escape room. I’m very proud of how well we worked together as a team and we definitely seemed to compliment each other in there. We made it to the last puzzle with 5minutes to go and the pressure to complete it was huge but hubby totally pulled it out of the bag and through his brains and excellent team work we managed to do everything we needed to do to escape in the alloted time. 

Our “Wall of Fame” picture 😀

I meant to take some pictures while we were completing the puzzles but to be honest I was so wrapped up in completing each clue that I totally forgot!!

We had an absolute fantastic time and would definitely go again. Hubby, who is usually quite reserved, has been raving about it since we did it and there’s no higher praise than that in my opinion. I personally think the price is a little high (£22 per person for 2 people, reducing as the number of people increases) but to be honest, the amount of detail that has gone into each room is amazing. If you do get chance to do one, then go for it. It is such a fantastic experience. The problem we have now though is deciding which one to do next! 

Have you done an escape room before? 

Zero Waste Week 2016

Oh dear. Zero Waste Week could not have come at a worse time for me this year. Not only did it clash with first week back to school, including D’s first trek into full time but I failed catastrophically before it even started. 

This year’s theme is food waste and I was planning to use the week to show hubby how much easier it is when we meal plan. We used to meal plan often but it’s fallen by the wayside over the past couple of years so this was going to catapult us back into a routine. 

Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out that way. Our fridge freezer is 13 years old. It’s the original one we bought when we first moved in together and has survived 3 house moves and 2 years in storage. However it has started showing its age so we decided after we came back from holiday we would buy a new one. Maybe the fridge freezer heard us talking about getting a new one and we hurt its feelings (lol) but it didn’t make it that far. We came home from holidays and were greeted by a big puddle on the kitchen floor and a freezer half full of defrosted food. 

We had no idea how long it had been like that so we had no choice but to throw everything out. I was devastated. Not only at the monetary waste but also the irony of all the food waste days before I was meant to encourage others not to waste food!!

So this week has been a write off as we had to decide on and buy a new fridge freezer plus restock it. On the upside our new freezer has see through drawers so we can see what we have just by opening the door. 

Hopefully that’ll help reduce waste as nothing will get “lost” in there. 

Have you been taking part in Zero Waste Week? Has your week been better than mine?

A Homemade Fashion Collaboration

In my last post I mentioned that Little Lady and I had worked together to make her a top. It started when Little Lady brought home a letter from school asking us to send in a plain white t-shirt. Little Lady has very colourful tastes and so only owns one plain white t shirt and that’s the one that is part of her PE kit! I couldn’t go out and buy one but I did have a lot of white jersey upstairs. 

I found a lovely t shirt pattern online and set about making it. I do most of my making when the kids are in bed so Little Lady couldn’t try it on til the morning. 

The fit was perfect so we labelled it with her name and sent it into school. Apparently they had been learning about design and had been asked to draw a t shirt design. They had experimented with various ways of applying the design to the fabric and it seems most of them chose fabric paint. Nice easy option for the children although maybe a bit messy for the teachers lol! 

Little Lady’s design centred on the things she enjoyed doing ie reading and watching the football (this was right in the middle of the Welsh Euro16 fever!) 

Little Lady said she enjoyed making the t shirt but did say it was boring waiting for the paint to dry and as a result she could only decorate the one side. 

I’m pretty impressed by her thinking and design and she loves wearing it. A great result for the mammy-daughter t shirt collaboration 😀