10 Birthday Freebies You Should Avail If In UK

Birthday Freebies UK

Who doesn't like freebies? I'm sure everyone does. I mean, who wouldn't like to enjoy things that are coming to them for free! I had been wanting to write this post ever since my birthday but a few other posts had to be written first and this one got delayed. You must have read about my birthday month earlier. 


If you haven't, then you can read it here and hereYes! That's when I came across some freebies that brands offer to you birthday boys and girls out there and since it's the blog's birthday month, I've compiled this very precious list of birthday freebies for you. 


Ed's Easy Diner


Ed's offers a free milkshake voucher on your birthday. All you need to do to get that voucher is to make sure you're subscribed to their mailing list. I received my voucher a few days before my birthday and it had a validity date on it. Make sure you get yours before the date expires. I think it's valid up to a month. 

The best part about this voucher was that you don't need to buy anything to get the free milkshake. I loved my treat and I'm sure, you would too! They also have some offer on burgers but I don't enjoy vegetarian burgers so I didn't avail that because the meat they use isn't Halal. 


Eds easy diner milkshake

IKEA 


I was also surprised to receive a £5 voucher from the popular Swedish brand. No purchase is necessary! You can just buy anything that costs £5 or pay the access amount in case the price is higher. 

I went there to avail the voucher but ended up doing a lot more shopping and my mother-in-law was staying with us during that time so she was a major support and motivator for me to buy things. 


Krispy Kreme


If you're subscribed to their mailing list, they send a voucher for a double glazed doughnut.  All you need to do is to download their application. I do not have a Krispy Kreme outlet nearby so I couldn't avail it and when I travelled to the mall that was by 1 hour 15 minutes drive, I totally forgot to avail the offer. Yes, I am a mum!

I am not sad about that because I'm not a huge fan of glazed donuts. For me it's too plain and too less calories! But wait! Even if your birthday is far, you can still get a FREE Krispy Kreme doughnut. Read here, to know how.
Krispy kreme free doughnut


Kaspas Desserts 


You just need to go to their cafe on the day of your birthday along with a proof of your birthday to get a free regular milkshake. The photo ID that confirms your date of birth should be valid. I didn't go because I had other important things to do and I do think they should be generous enough to increase the validity than letting us avail the offer on the actual date of the birthday. You can see their offer, here

Potbelly UK 


Okay, this one's only for the Londoners to enjoy because it's just in London at the moment. Located in Westfield Stratford shopping mall at the moment, but they are planning to open more shops. You never know, one might open near you!

Again, if you're subscribed to their mailing list, you will get the voucher in your inbox. I didn't know about it earlier so I wasn't subscribed and I couldn't avail it. 

P.S. I really like their milkshakes and Mocha is my favourite. Check out my restaurant review on Potbelly UK, here


potbelly westfield stratford milkshake


Frankie's & Bennys


This is not totally free! It's free just for the birthday boy or girl when you order another main meal. I think I received their voucher in my email a month earlier. However, I didn't avail it but maybe next time, I certainly will. 


JRC Buffet - London


Again, only for Londoners. Only valid on the exact date of your birthday but you need to make a booking prior to your birthday date, at least 24 hours before the day. You also need to take a a guest with you who should be a full paying customer and make sure to take your valid photo ID and your reservation number along to enjoy your free birthday meal. You can check out their Free Birthday Meal offer here, and my restaurant review, here

I was not in town when I had my birthday but I went to JRC a week later so unfortunately, I couldn't avail a free meal. 

JRC buffet london

Jimmy's World Buffet 


To avail their offer, you need to take along at least 6 guests and you can enjoy a free meal and a cocktail. Make sure to call and check with them prior to your visit. You can check out my restaurant review, here

Millies Cookies


For that, again, you need to be subscribed to their mailing list where you'll receive your voucher and you can collect your birthday treat from any of their stall. I also didn't avail this because I wasn't aware of if earlier. 


The Body Shop 


I love this one and I wish I had known about it earlier. The Body Shop gives £5 voucher on your birthday. For that, you simply need to be a part of their Card Club and you will be sent the voucher in your email. The voucher needs to be used within a month and the best part is that no purchase is necessary. How is that? 

I just joined their club today but will have to wait till next year now to avail my birthday freebie from The Body Shop. 



TIP: Always mention about your birthday to restaurant and bar staff where you're planning to dine. You might be in for an extra treat! 


From all of these, I was just able to avail the first two but it's the blog's anniversary coming up next month. Are there any treats for me coming up then? I would love some! 

P.S. There would be some giveaways coming up on the blog as well, so make sure to follow on social media.

Pots. & Co desserts

Pots & Co. has already helped me begin the celebration and they were kind enough to send two pots of their desserts which I tried recently. I'd say they do make fabulous summer desserts. Also, perfect for posh picnics! 

Prepared by Michelin star chefs, the desserts come in ceramic pots that can be later re-used for anything you fancy. These desserts are ready to eat, are suitable for vegetarians and gluten-free. Took me a while to check their ingredients to ensure the ingredients are good for me consume and in the process, I learnt about a few gelling agents used in their dessert range. 

These dessert pots can be purchased from Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose, Harrods, Selfridges to name a few retailers, and costs £2 for each pot. So, why don't you treat yourself and your birthday party guests with a Pots & Co. dessert? You can check out their range of desserts, here.


Have you every availed a Birthday Freebie? Share with me so I can avail it on my next birthday! 



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A Muslims Mini Gratitude Journal by Ayiena #AlhamdulillahForSeries

alhamdulillah for series by ayeina
The very first time I came across one of the illustrations from the Alhamdulillah for Series was on Instagram. I still clearly remember the post. It said "Alhamdulilah for Halal burgers" and I was so glad to read that. I actually felt so happy because it was so true and I could totally relate to it.

That's because initially when I was in North East England, it was really difficult to find Halal eating options so we had to travel for long distances just for dining out. Ayeina has been kind enough to give the Alhamdulillah for Halal Beef Burgers illustration as a freebie exclusively to you all!  So, why don't you download it, print it and frame it on your kitchen wall. What a fabulous reminder it would be for you to be grateful to Allah! 

Alhamdulilah for series by Ayeina

I really like the concept of Alhamdulilah For Series initiated by Ayiena. It makes me realize that there's so SO much to be thankful for. I know we can't ever thank Allah enough for the blessings He has showered upon us. It often happens that we take things for granted or even forget to thank our Lord for everything.

Ayeina came into existence, thanks to the collaboration between 2 sisters who wanted to create awareness of all kinds of blessings He bestows upon us. The every day blessings that may seem common in our eyes are actually what we should be thankful for.

Ayenia believes, "A believer is the believer’s mirror." 

The idea behind the Alhamdulilah For Series is to make us aware and acknowledge the blessings bestowed upon us by Allah (God) and to spread gratitude towards Him. Alhamdulilah is an Arabic word that means ‘Praise to be Allah (God)’

The Alhamdolilah For Series began with a series of drawings, however, with creative artwork and captions coming from all over the world, the duo took it further and turned it into a fabulous book. It has become so popular now, that it is also being translated to German and Arabic but they are further aiming to translate it into other languages such as Urdu, French, Swahili and Hindi too.

The illustrations in the book are not only delightful but they can easily catch the attention of any individual of the family, either young or an adult. To focus on their idea of gratitude, Ayeina has opened and closed the book with Quranic verses. 

Alhamdulilah for series by Ayeina
The book has been divided into 4 categories, #Alhamdulillah for Basic Necessities, #Alhamdulillah for Islam, #AlhamdulillahFor TiesThatBind (relationships) and #Alhamdulillah for everything (in general). I also noticed a few pages that can be used to fill our own details and these I believe, make a perfect fun activity for children. 

You must be aware of the very popular "Happiness is... Series" so according to Ayeina, #AlhamdulillahForSeries is the Muslim version of it. 

I'd say this book is perfect to gift to the loved ones especially for teaching gratitude to children. The handmade water colour illustrations make it attractive and can easily help them learn and focus on gratitude and in staying positive. Also, there is a section where they can write about one thing they are grateful for, each day! There are 4 blank pages with numbering and as stated earlier, that's where the child can write one Alhamdulilah a day. 

Alhamdulilah for series by Ayeina
The Muslims Mini Gratitude Journal is available in both digital ($7) and printed ($10-$25) form, it can be purchased from Amazon and shipping charges depend on your location. Besides PayPal, they also accept payments through other methods, which you can check with them.

You can check out more amazing artworks and details on Ayeina's website, here.
Below is the beautiful artwork by Ayeina that I own and it came along in my Halal Goodies luxury beauty subscription box. 


Alhamdulilah for series by Ayeina

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My New JORD Frankie Wood Watch + Giveaway


It was sometime last year when I first heard about the JORD wood watches and was quite impressed straightaway with some unique designs they had on offer. 'Wood Watch' was a first for me since it was all strap, chain or bracelet all this time - and this was unique enough for me to get hands on my very own JORD wood watch. 


My Frankie Purple Heart and Plum wood watch is a skeleton watch that means that it is a mechanical watch with moving parts. It comes in a gorgeous colour and you can also check out the other ladies watches in their Frankie series. JORD also has some watches for women that would even be a unique gift for your grandmother.



My watch features a sapphire crystal glass and a deployment buckle with push buttons. It has been hand finished and is splash proof. However, it shouldn't be submerged in water (3 ATM).

The best place to store the time piece is a cool dry place and it is better to avoid a place with extreme temperatures or excessively dry or humid environments.

Nowadays, although the people are more prone to use their gadgets and electronic devices, I always wear my wrist watch and have even observed many other people who prefer wearing it rather than using their phones to see the time. I always find it a quicker way of getting to know the time rather than searching my bag to find my phone.

I also like the fact that these designs do not really make it look like a watch but are lovely to wear and accessorise any outfit for any occasion, formal or otherwise.



JORD makes one-of-a-kind wooden watches that are indeed a unique addition to that never-ending collection of you girls out there! You can check out the link to my Frankie Purple Heart and Plum wood watch here, and the women's watches here

The concept of these luxury women's watches not only make them cool gifts but unusual gifts too. Also, they are best watches for men so if you're looking for a wrist watch for your beloved husband, partner or even your dad or brother, there is a range of cool watches for men too. 

Also, if you're looking for men's designer watches, I'd say, you must definitely check out their range too. 

I can totally relate to the fact that how difficult it is to find a perfect and unique gift for a loved one. I normally spend hours on the Internet looking for creative gifts and the unique gift ideas when there is a special occasion for someone in the family or friends coming up. 

Yes, I really do, and that's because I want to make sure I get the perfect gift and it makes them happy but I also try if I can get something in promotion or at a good price which can save my pounds. 

It comes in a lovely packaging so you also don't have to worry about thinking how to pack it. 

JORD wood watches come with a self-winding automatic mechanism which is actually based on movement and it requires you to either keeping wearing it or to wind it in case you do not use it for more than 36 hours. The best part is that it does not require battery, so you won't have to incur any other cost which happens with other watches that need battery to work. 



JORD wood watches does not charge any shipping cost for it's UK customers but you do need to confirm about the customs charge in case it applies with your order.

I have even collaborated with JORD wood watches and they have agreed for a giveaway.

Here, everyone is a winner! The lucky participant will receive $75 coupon code and the rest of the entrants will receive $20 coupon code to buy a watch of your choice from their website. All you need to do is enter below by leaving your name and email. How good does that sound?



Giveaway ends 29th August. 

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Restaurant Review: The Meat Co., London - UK

The Meat Co. Steakhouse London

The Meat Co., a steakhouse at Westfield in West London is popular for it's finest steaks and burgers, and also offers a Halal menu to cater to the Muslim diners in and around the area.


I knew about The Meat Co. ever since it opened it's doors to the diners in Dubai but I thought it was just another restaurant that serves steak so I preferred sticking to the regular steak eateries when I was living in the 'D' town!

It is only now that I tried the food at The Meat Co. and have become quite a fan of their food!

I've always enjoyed eating steaks but the two things that I am particularly keen on are the taste itself and of course the sauce that accompanies. I'm not a fan of gravy when it comes to steaks, instead prefer a heavy duty sauce.

I was kindly invited to sample the menu at The Meat Co. and although it took almost 3 hours to reach the venue (30 minutes inclusive of finding a suitable parking spot and another 7 minutes, exclusive of walk to the mall), I shouldn't hesitate in saying that it was worth the journey.

Long drives for me are slightly disturbing because BabyN' doesn't enjoy them much, actually being confined to the car-seat is the MAJOR concern of my little one!



Parking:

After finally reaching Westfield, we parked inside a lane from where we further had to walk for some 7 minutes. The parking charge per hour is £2.80 and if you wish to go there by train, then Shepherd's Bush train station is very VERY near!

Ah, for the parking, make sure to carry the coins as the machine doesn't accept mobile payments. We didn't have coins so the husband had to go for a mini shopping spree at the fruit shop nearby, just to get some coins!



Seating & Interior: 

Our table had already been reserved and we were taken to the first floor in a lift. As soon as we settled, we placed our order and the manager was kind enough to come to greet us.

The Meat Co. has a separate non-alcoholic dining area for the Halal diners, and that's where we had decided to sit as well. Even the menu card was separate with just their Halal food options, that was highly appreciated! 


The Dining Experience:

For the starters, we ordered Beetroot & Chocolate bread (£3.5), Soup of the day (£6) which was butternut and squash and Beef cigars that came with a Balsamic mayo dip (£9.75, I think). I loved the beef cigars, they were different and tasted SO good! Can you feel the recommendation there? The bread was a decent sized sweetish loaf for a starter, which I would say should be good enough for 4 diners. The soup tasted good and was served with 2 slices of garlic bread. 

The Meat Co. Halal London steaks burgers

For the mains, we ordered the Fillet Steak (£43), one of the finest steaks of the steakhouse, North American black Angus wet-aged for 35 days 
to ensure high quality of the steak, which without any doubt was excellent. 

For me, the steak was the show stopper of the entire meal, and it arrived presented beautifully! I chose chunky hand cut potato fries (£2.95) as a side and Green Peppercorn (£2.25) as the sauce, which together complimented the main perfectly! The portion did look slightly small at first glance but it was a thick cut and was very filling. 

The Meat Co. Halal London steaks burgers

Besides that, we also opted for Lamb Chops Skewer (£25) that was served with mashed potatoes (£3) and the Rib-Meat Burger (200g for £20), served with onion rings (£2.75). The skewer was served on a stand that had the meat pieces which were cooked to perfection, just like we wanted, and the tender meat made it easy for us to cut the pieces through the skewer. It came along with some scattered veggies. 

The Meat Co. Halal London steaks burgers

The burger had a huge chunk of braised beef rib meat that was further topped with various condiments and caramelised onions which made it taste slightly sweet. To eat the whole of it in a civilised manner especially in a public setting, I would recommend using your cutlery. 

The Meat Co. Halal London steaks burgers

For the third and the final course (yes, my fav), we opted for The Chef's Tasting Platter (£15) which was a chocolatey heaven for any chocolate lover. It should be good enough for 4 after such a meaty meal but my husband and I managed to finish almost all of it. It was a sharing platter and consisted of a creme brulee, a Meat Co. brownie and a chocolate fondant pudding, among others - all of which we thoroughly enjoyed!

The Meat Co. Halal London steaks burgers

Drinks were cocktails, Passion Fruit and Lemonade (ranging between £4.75 - £5.5). BabyN' enjoys them the most so they are always the first thing we order at any restaurant now! 

The Meat Co. Halal London steaks burgers


End Notes: 

Although it was a weekday, The Meat Co., the steakhouse  that serves the finest steaks in London seemed quite busy. The staff was efficient and friendly and their service was swift. I loved the ambience, perfect for a date night with your loved one. They have candles flickering not just on every table but also displayed on racks near the windows that make the place look surreal. 

You know how much I love candles, the Yankee melts especially! I myself don't know why!

Definitely a recommended place for your next meal out with friends or family any day or on your special occasion for a perfect carnivorous indulgence! 
Check out the menu of The Meat Co., here


Rating: 8.5/10

Have you dined at this steakhouse called The Meat Co. in London or at any of their branches around the world?

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Electric Toothbrush - The Sonic Chic Urban


Electric Toothbrush - The Sonic Chic Urban

I've heard about the electric toothbrushes and often seen them in stores, of course, but never used earlier. Yes, I still know how they work and had been wanting to get one for myself but whenever I checked them out at the stores, I didn't really know which brand to pick. 


Yes, we often believe that the popular brands are mostly the ones that are picked by shoppers but sometimes the newer and the less known brands also work well and cost a lot lesser. 


You must have been told by your parents how important it is to brush your teeth daily, at least once and this one is perfect if you love travelling. It is so important for me to brush my teeth every morning and I can't just eat or drink anything until I make sure my teeth are clean and I have a fresh breath.

This is actually my first time trying out an electric tooth brush. Imagine! Even my 3 year old niece uses an electric toothbrush and I never had one before this!  


Electric Toothbrush by The Sonic Chic

The Sonic Chic Urban comes with an electric tooth brush, an AAA battery and a replacement attachment to be used later whenever required along with instructions of use. To start using the product, you simply need to put the battery in the brush and press the button. It vibrates and there you go, it would start cleaning your beautiful teeth. Just make sure not to get the electric parts in contact with water. 

Electric Toothbrush by The Sonic Chic

I feel The Sonic Chic portable electric toothbrushes are really cool and stylish and I love their colourful range of designs. The one that I have, has colourful arrows but if you want yours in a different style, then you can definitely look for more cool designs and patterns.

I love the fact that the brush has a vented cap and a replacement brush which will come in handy at all times and especially while travelling. However, if you require a replacement, it can easily be purchased from Boots (2 for £4.99).

The Sonic Chic Urban electric toothbrush gives 22,000 strokes per minute which is fab and can be purchased from Boots for 
£20. You can check out more designs, here. Besides that, these portable electric toothbrushes are also sold at Tesco, Wells Pharmacy and Look Fantastic.  

Also, it comes with a warranty valid for up to 2 years so make sure not to lose it in case there is a problem with regards to defects or workmanship. 

Electric Toothbrush by The Sonic Chic


Have you ever had the experience of using an electric tooth brush?


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