Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Gruffalo's Child - Review

On 23rd December we went to Birmingham Town Hall to see the Gruffalo's Child.
I took Star and Boo and we were all really excited. We have the book and have seen the animation on tv, but now we were off to see the live show.
The girls were mesmerised from beginning to end. They never took their eyes off the stage and joined in with everything. I really enjoyed the show too (I just hope my nasty cough didn't disturb anyone too much)
With just three actors throughout, a very simple set and basic costumes the show was simple but very entertaining. The songs were lovely and the girls were soon singing along. We all had different favourites, Boo liked the snake with his shiny coat, he was a real party animal. Star liked the fox, but then foxes are a favourite of hers anyway, she loved his big bushy tail. My favourite was the owl who taught us how to fly.
The show is advertised for 3 years plus and I do think that a lot of the younger ones that had been brought along did find it difficult to sit still for the whole show. There was a small child in front and one behind us that spent most of the show crawling around the floor. They didn't distract my girls though, at ages 5 and 7 I think the show kept them captivated.

You can catch the Gruffalo's Child at the Birmingham Town Hall until 16th January 2013, then it will be on tour around the country until 16th June. All dates and venues can be found here.


Our trip to see the Gruffalo's Child was arranged by the lovely Cat from Yellow Days, a big thanks to her for arranging this and to Birmingham Town Hall for the tickets.




Saturday, 22 December 2012

Elf School - Center Parcs Monthly Challenge

This months challenge set by Center Parcs and Tots100 is all about Elves and what it takes to be a perfect Elf.

Why not take part, you could be chosen as one of the wild card family bloggers for Center Parcs and win a holiday?

I asked my girls what they thought about Elves and they give me this list;


costume
hard workers
makes toys
works for father christmas
tiny
fix things
helpers
wrap up presents
wear green
incredible artists
pointy ears

We then used these attributes in our poem:


Welcome to Elf School

So you want to be an elf?
Let us show you what we've seen.
First up is a costume, a nice little jacket
A pointy hat, and it's best if it is green.

Next you have to be good at art,
You will be fixing things, making toys,
And helping to wrap presents
For Santa to give to good girls and boys.

Elves are proud of their pointy ears,
They are happy and kind and strong.
They are tiny and clever and work very hard.
And With Santa is where they belong.


And now, here are my girls being good little elves :-)
Merry Christmas xxx

Thursday, 13 December 2012

A Wriggly Nativity

This time of year, just before Christmas is lovely, especially when you have young children. I love the Nativity plays and carol concerts and even the school Christmas Fayre's. My first memory goes back to my Eldest Daughter when she played an Angel in her nursery. All the little Angels came into the room swirling around until they reached the centre. Then they stopped and began to sing. Well, they all did except Eldest Daughter who suddenly became incredibly shy and spent the whole song sucking her finger. At least she didn't cry!

When Star was in nursery I was really looking forward to her Nativity. It had been such a long time since I'd attended any school activity and even though it came when times where tough then it was a touch with the real world rather than the hospital bed side I was currently glued to. Sadly, it never happened because Star got poorly and couldn't attend.

Both Star and Boo have made up for it since then though, last year they both took part in a lovely musical 'Bethelehem's Buzzin' which was really great. Even gthe Little Man was singing along.

This year Star is taking part in a carol concert next week, and Boo took part in the 'Wriggly Nativity'
She hadn't been very well but after lying around doing nothing for five days I thought that maybe sending her into school for the nativity might just make her feel a little better. She wasn't being sick or anything, just hot and sleepy all the time. So, on Tuesday I arrived at the school to watch the show. Boo was a little sheep and barely took part at all, she didn't join in any of the songs or dancing and just looked ill. There was a couple of times when she brightened up a little but it was obvious that she was just trying to make an effort. Bless her, she said afterwards that she really enjoyed it but I kept her off school for another couple of days afterwards to make sure she was fully recovered. I did feel guilty but it's so hard to decide what to do when there are no other symptoms of illness but listlessness.

Here is a little pic of the children being Wriggly!



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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Review - Tattoo Love Duvet Cover from Yorkshire Linen

With a large family I find I am always buying new bed linen and at Yorkshire Linen I find they have some fantastic bargains and a wide choice. I was happy to review the Tattoo Love single duvet cover set which I used on my eldest daughter's bed. The colours fitted in perfectly with her pink and plum colour scheme.
The cover came with a matching pillowcase, it was well packaged and arrived quickly. It is made of 50/50 polycotton which means it's crisp and fresh feeling without being harsh. It washes at 40 degrees and can be tumble dryed and ironed on cool.
I found the fit really good, sometimes I wonder if there is a standard single size as I've bought a few covers that have been too big and the duvet moves around inside. This one kept in it's place and stayed comfortable.
The cover currently retails at £11.99 in the sale, regular price is £19.99.You can also buy the matching curtains for £24.99.
Yorkshire Linen have a really good range of bed linen in all sizes from single to super king size and their prices are really competitive.


I was asked to review a single duvet set, opinions are my own.

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