Tag Archives: October

Our Half Term

1 Nov

The half term hasn’t been to hectic but despite this making me sound a terrible person, I am kind of looking forward to next weeks return to school.

The toddler just becomes a monster with his siblings in the home. Little man is starting to lose his grip on routine and my daughter… Well, she seems to have developed a taste for attitude.

What’s more I just want to get stuff done and its not easy when your needing to break up your children when they are screaming in one another’s face.

Its been a long week…

I’ve also had the pending announcement of the “Uk Smartest Shopper on my mind” its seems like ages since my interview on Saturday and the suspense has been mounting. Nonetheless the children being home has more than kept the mind occupied

The day was great if not nerve wracking and this week Savoo sent me a little reminder of the day.

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Little man’s new IEP has been delivered in the post accompanied with a new timetable. This means I’ve had to prepare him for the pending changes such as the new addition to Fridays routine which is swimming. He seems really excited about this though and we are going out tomorrow so he can choose some new swimming trunks.

Last night was Halloween. Little man decided that his heighten senses would not allow for dressing up especially in a latex mask and costume that he reported made him feel fuzzy. This meant I needed to be creative and out came the face-paints. Its strange as little man used to hate the sensation of face-paint but now he loves having his face painted and yesterday I painted it as Saw (not that he knows who saw is but he liked it all the same). This also meant that he was pretty much able to wear whatever he wanted so of course it was comfortable jogging bottoms and a hoody.

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Alice, however wore a handmade creation. I love how my little girl likes to be different and having failed at making her a monsters high outfit she instead became this funky Character ….

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I love how it turned out. She wore a tutu I made with funky spiderweb material that we got from the pound shop. She teamed with a vintage scarf I picked up from a charity shop and her beloved H&M hat. I also painted her face taking inspiration from a design I saw on pinterest.

Harley the youngest of the three looked adorable dressed as Scooby Doo. This was a fantastic costume that I brought in the sale at Sainsbury’s. well worth the tenner as he can wear it for parties and other occasions. I brought it in a 3-4 years so he will get plenty of wear from it.

Yesterday was also a fun crafting day. We made everything from tissue paper wreaths to spooky batty bats that glow in the dark. Little man has never been much of a crafter but surprisingly gave a couple of the activities a go. He also helped with the decorating afterwards.

This year all except two spooky window lights were homemade.

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The toddler and Alice also had great fun making spooky finger puppets for Halloween. These were sent to us from our favourite craft supplier ‘Baker Ross‘.

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You can see how we made some of the items by visiting my sister site (mummy of many talents).

So… With Halloween now over and the kids back at school next week I’m planing on catching up with some of the other stuff I’ve got to do like the food shop and ironing… Yer life is a joy isn’t it!

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom coming to the live stage

24 Jun

My toddler Harley really loves the experience of meeting his favourite pre-school characters in the flesh.

His been pretty lucky to meet many, Bob the Builder, Firemen Sam, Peppa Pig, Scooby Doo, just to name a few.

We have been to live stage productions such as “In the Night Garden” and “Peppa Pig” to a number of meet and Greets while attending children’s events.

So, you can imagine the excitement that will be caused when he discovers that Princess Holly and Ben Elf from “Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom” has a live production scheduled to hit the big stage later this year.

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If you little ones are fans of the Little Kingdom then check out the details below. (Oh and be sure to check out My updates on the event as there will also be the opportunity to try and win yourselves some tickets).

BEN & HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM

LIVE ON STAGE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

FROM THE MAKERS OF PEPPA PIG
NEW UK TOUR FOR 2012/2013

TOUR DATES FOR 2012 ANNOUNCED:
OPENS 26 OCTOBER at THE ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD

www.benandhollylive.com

From the makers of Peppa Pig and the producers of the two hugely successful Peppa Pig theatre tours comes the first ever stage version of the BAFTA award-winning TV animation, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. This brand new UK tour opens at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford on 26 October at the start of an extensive UK tour, booking through till summer 2013.

Currently a top favourite show for pre-schoolers, this charmingly magical animation airs on Nick Jr (since April 2009) and on 5’s Milkshake (since April 2010). Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom is co-owned by animation studio Astley Baker Davies and has been a hit with audiences and critics alike. The series won a BAFTA award for Best Pre-School Animation in 2009 and a British Animation Award for Best Pre-School Series in 2012.

The Little Kingdom – where everyone is very, very small – is home to Princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf. Holly is a young fairy princess who is still learning how to do magic properly and sometimes her spells don’t work out quite right. Ben is an Elf. Elves don’t do magic but they are very good at making things. Ben doesn’t have wings like Holly but he flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird.

In this exciting new musical adventure, Ben and Holly have fun and games helping Gaston clean up his messy cave; they go on a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum; and still have time to plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood.

Packed full of games, songs and laughter, this is an enchanting and magical visit to the Little Kingdom, live on stage for the very first time. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family.

Richard Lewis has adapted the TV animation for the stage and also directs. He also adapted and directed the two highly popular Peppa Pig theatre tours (2009 – 2011 and the current tour 2011 – 2012, both of which had sell-out West End Christmas runs at the Criterion Theatre) and the two LazyTown Live! tours (2007 – 2009).
The composer is the highly talented Mani Svavarsson. He was also part of the creative team on the two Peppa Pig stage tours.

Cast and other creative team members to be announced in due course.

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Check out www.benandhollylive.com for the Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom
UK 2012 – 2013 tour dates.

The Matalan family day and competition

9 Oct

 Have you heard about the Matalan Southern Baby event and family day?

Below is some information on what’s set to be the family event of the year.

Have a read and then if you fancy it, enter our fantastic competition to win a £25 Matalan voucher here on the blog. 

FREE “WOW” Toys, FREE MATALAN GOODIE BAGS, FREE Child Classes, FREE Creative Arts

Sunday 16th October 2011 – 10am to 4pm, FONTWELL PARK RACECOURSE

FUN FUN FUN is what this event is all about!!

Natasha and MATALAN welcome you to the third exciting year of the Southern Baby Event and Family Day! with MATALAN as it’s Headline Sponsor. Following the phenomenal showcase of this event in 2009, it has grown each year and attracted the amazing footfall of over 4000 families in 2010, we will be building on these strong foundations and learning from last year to ensure that the 2011 is even bigger and more successful. ‘I’m really excited about this year and Deven thinks it’s his party, so come along & join in the fun!’

 Don’t be the one missing out REGISTER NOW all online registrations get entered into a prize draw on the day.

This exciting fun packed day is for the whole family, a real traditional day with laughter that will create lasting memories.

The day hosts COMPETITIONS so everyone gets a chance to be a winner. Daddy’s, Uncles, Grandpas, Children even those ladies that dare enter our ‘Surfing Competition’ – the longest ride wins. Mummys, Aunties, Grandmas – anyone pushing wheels ‘Pimp Your Wheels’, jazz them up! Catch our eye and the treat will be yours!

And don’t forget the Matalan 2011 ‘Photo Competition’.

Please invite grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends to come down and join in, make it your party with Free admission & Free car parking – it’s a great way to get everyone together.

Whether it’s at the fun fair or exploring the Mobile Ark and cuddling the bunnies or have a go at being a jockey with the pony rides. Relax and get a mini pamper in our ‘Little Corner of Heaven’. Seeking advice while enjoying the shopping opportunities.

So are you convinced? We are. Attend the Southern Baby and Family Day on October 16th 2011 and learn, enjoy, watch, play, chat and buy all your essential baby and family needs…. Don’t be the one missing out REGISTER NOW all online registrations get entered into a prize draw on the day.

We have all the makings of a great day we just need YOU!!!

 To celebrate this coming event Matalan have asked me to run a competition, offering my lovely readers the chance to win a £25 Matalan gift voucher to spend on anything they desire.

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what you would use your voucher to buy?

 Maybe it’s something for the kids or the home or just maybe you’ll treat yourself? 

 Click here to view the Matalan store online

Please leave your twitter id or email with your comment! I can’t stress how important this and those that do not leave a way for me to contact them in the event that they have won, may lose their prize leaving me no choice but to redraw the competiton, chosing another winner!

For an extra entry follow my blog via networkblogs (link in sidebar) or via email. Please let me know you have done so in an additional comment from that above.

For another additional entry please tweet, I want to win a £25 Matalan voucher with @clairelouise82 adding the URL to this post.

Please let me know you have done so in an additional comment form those above.

This gives you three chances to win

Competition open to UK residents only and will close on the 30th October 2011. Winner must claim their prize within 7 days of the post announcing the winner.

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