Our Weekly Roundup #33

  • Last weekend Izzy and I went to see the new Disney Beauty and the Beast film… and it was amazing. Very true to the original Disney animation, with the familiar songs and even down to many of the lines spoken, but with a few added extras fitting in nicely. I’ve even downloaded the soundtrack so if anyone passes me in the car I’m not in pain – I’m just belting out songs and imagining I’m an actual Disney Princess. Izzy loved it too though it was a bit dark in places so some young children might be a little scared.


In the Night Garden Live – Save £5 on tickets to see Igglepiggle and friends!

Last year we took the girls to see In the Night Garden Live. They both loved it – and I’m pleased to be able to take them back again this year to review the show. Experience it for yourself – and save up to £5* with our discount code!

Tickets are now on sale for the world’s only live production of the popular Cbeebies show. Visiting London, Birmingham and Manchester this Summer, In the Night Garden Live is an amazing musical theatre experience for all the family. Your favourite characters are brought to life on stage using a mix of full-size costumes and puppets, to transport you to the magical world of In the Night Garden.

When we visited last year, Clara had just turned 2 and I wondered if it would be a bit much for her. However, at around an hour it was the right length to keep her interest and she was mesmerised throughout by the familiar characters. Even at 5 years old, Izzy never took her eyes off the stage and I know that she will love it just as much again this year – so it’s great for older siblings too.

According to 2016 audience surveys, 96% of parents would recommend it – it’s a great opportunity for children to get their first taste of live theatre.

The show takes place inside a purpose built inflatable showdome with family friendly facilities and there are 4 performance times to choose from each day. The show will be on the road from 25 May to 28 August at the following venues:

  • Blackheath, London, Thursday 25 May – Saturday 10 June
  • Richmond Old Deer Park, London, Saturday 17 June – Wednesday 5 July
  • Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, Wednesday 12 July – Sunday 30 July
  • Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester, Saturday 5 August – Monday 28 August

So join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka this Summer and book your tickets today at www.NightGardenLive.com. Enter EARLY66H at the checkout and save up to £5* off your order.

*Coupon will take £5 off orders over £60, or 5% off orders under £60. Ts & Cs apply, please visit www.nightgardenlive.com/terms-and-conditions for more info.

Our Weekly Roundup #32

  • This week we have two visitors staying with us – Clara brought home George the Bear from nursery to stay for the week, and then Izzy was picked to bring home Ed the Ted from school. They were both so excited that it was their turn and that their teddies could be friends. Of course it means having to do fun things that we can take photos of and write about in their books. And as the weather has been rubbish the photo opportunities have been few and far between. We did head out for lunch today and went out to do a few jobs yesterday – but most of the weekend has been spent cuddled up on the sofa introducing the girls to the Harry Potter films. Izzy is a huge fan already so I think we will have to buy the books next.


Chalkola Pens Review and Giveaway

My daughters love anything arty so when we were offered the chance to review some chalk markers, we were happy to give them a try. We were sent 2 packs by Chalkola, who are also offering my readers the chance to win a set of 21 chalk markers, as well as save 15% on purchases.

Chalkola chalk markers are designed to work on blackboards, whiteboards, glass, plastic and other non-porous surfaces. We tried them out on our chalk board, which is a wooden cupboard door that we coated in blackboard paint a couple of years ago, and on a small handheld blackboard. (more…)

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With a few weeks to go until Mother’s Day (26th March if you don’t already know!) it’s time to start thinking about what to get the Mums and Grandmas in your life – as well as dropping hints to the other half about what you’d like them to get you (from the kids, of course). It’s a time to show appreciation for all the things that mums do, and treat the people that spend most of their time caring for others. Here are some gift ideas to spoil your loved ones this Mother’s Day.