Tuesday, 22 December 2015

The Lorax a Top Act! Dr. Seuss’s Classic tale on Stage - Its fun, exciting and very brave!



The Lorax
Photos credited to Manuel Harlan













Are you pondering where to go?  What to do?  
It's the lead-up to Christmas and want something new? 

I have two sons with flowing minds of imagination.
I wanted them to watch something with songs and rhyming sounds not to too much interpretation. 

Lucky me I won tickets on twitter, too see The Lorax, being shown at The Old Vic. 
We headed off on the tube and got there quick!




The Old Vic is beautiful inside,
we found our seats and prepared for Dr. Seuss ingenious lyrical tale, 
this is gonna be a treat,
all spoken in rhyme, 
it is all so neat. 

The curtains went up, my sons faces full glee, 
the cast captivated them, 
it is so much better then the original storybook,
so much more, nothing was over looked.   
The stage is electric, full of pizzazz and even the strange details are there too. 
We meet the Once-ler, who wants success, he builds an empire, 
destroying the trees.

The Lorax,
 a strange creature with the biggest mousche anyone has ever seen,
The Lorax warns Once-ler things have to change, 
before all the natural wildlife is dead or deranged.

The Lorax
Photos credited to Manuel Harlan

If your planning a visit to London, a show you say, no to Panto but want to watched a show full of charisma and thrust, lots of get up and go, ambition and lust. 
 There a meaning here too, something to think about on the way home. 
Go with your gut, this is a review you can trust!

The Lorax
Photos credited to Manuel Harlan
When a 7 year old says at interval time, 
Wow mum this is the best, 
do we have to go?
I want to watch the rest!  

It has a glowing review from us, we were very impress. 
Lucky for them I brought them the book, 
so every bed I am reading The Lorax to keep our memories fresh.


Adapted by David Greig and brought to the stage by acclaimed director Max Webster. 
Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, The Lorax. 

Just in case I haven't said it the best,
 watch these school children's reactions,
 so genuine and sincere, 
as children do say it best!
This is so very clear. 

   

 Tickets are currently available until the, Sat 16 Jan 2016!  
Disclaimer: We have a jolly good time, I wanted to sure with you.  
Thank you for stopping by, come and say hi! 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Race Superchargers at Westfield Stratford, Also #Christmas Giveaway: win a DARK EDITION Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack for the PS4

CALLING ALL SKYLANDERS SUPERCHARGERS FANS!!! 

I have excellent news my speedy friends, The SuperChargers team are coming to Westfield Stratford.   It is happening this weekend.  There will be interactive gaming stations set-up! Look at the details, it looks like a giant Portal!  IT'SAWESOME!!!!

WHO WILL WIN? IT COULD BE YOU!




You... The fans get to race your favourite Skylanders Superchargers character.  Bring your parents, your mates and beat them if you dare.  Also there will be chances of winning some great competition prizes too.

Location: WESTFIELD STRATFORD
When: THIS WEEKEND 
Friday 18th December: - 10am - 11pm
Saturday 19th December: - 9am - 11pm
Sunday 20th December: - 12noon - 6pm 

IT'S FREE TO JOIN IN THE FUN!


Not only is SKYLANDERS bringing us this awesome EVENT!   They have asked me to give you an opportunity to win their latest game!!! I have a PS4 SUPERCHARGERS STARTER PACK TO GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader!!!
So what are you waiting for? Good Luck 


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Good Luck Everyone! I do hope all of my London Fans get to come to the SuperChargers event this weekend.  If anyone went to the Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham events, how was it? Do any of you win?

Thank you for stopping by. Do not be shy, come and say Hi!

 

KIDZANIA'S FIRST CHRISTMAS IN LONDON 2015

 
It is almost a week to Christmas, everyone is feeling jolly and getting in the Christmas spirit.  It does not matter what you are doing or where you are going the spirit of Christmas is alive.

I was invited to Kidzania London (located in Westfield - London) to join them with their Christmas celebrations. I was not let down.  Last Thursday the Twizy's sped about Westfield Shopping Centre, driving back into KidZania to celebrate the launch of their Christmas Countdown.


KidZania is a city for kids, 4-14 is ideal. I can tell you, you will be blown away by what is there.  I have been there twice, there is not enough time to do everything KidZania has to offer. 

Kids are given the freedom to choose what they want to do, who they want to be and if they want to go on a spending spree or even save their money.  KidZania is their world, where they rule.  Mum and Dad is not the boss here!
There are approximately 35 experiences to be enjoyed.  Meaning there are over 60 activities to do.  An experience is either work to earn money or spend money - the currency is kidZos.  Every kid starts off with 50 kidZos.  Once they earn 75 kidZos they can open a bank account, where they will be given a Cash Card and can check their bank balances.


The experiences are real brands but in mini versions, also there is a host of emergency services. 

The aim is to give a child a tastier of a real life roles, included is a mini education for the first hand experience.  This is why I love Kidzania, its the full experience.  Watching my sons really enjoying themselves, they get to dress-up, they concentrate and take part in roleplay, they loved all the challenges.

This is KidZanias' first Christmas. KidZania looks amazing, it is lite-up with sparkly lights, a beautiful tree taking center stage in the main square.  If you listen out for the musical Christmas music you can see the Festive Elves and Snowflakes dancing on the streets of KidZania.
We also took part in the Christmas Treasure Hunt.  The boys had to follow the clues, they even got to go in the Clock Tower, play instruments and sing Christmas Carols to everyone.  I felt very proud of them, they are are usual shy.  Once they collected all the clues, they wrote notes for Santa and left them on the Chritsmas Tree.  KidZania has promised 1 out of every 4 children will get their Chritsmas wish. 

So whatever you are doing this Christmas or even in the school holidays, fancy something new, exciting, special and fun, pop-in to KidZania London.  You get 4 hours of fun.  As a parent I suggest, wear flat shoes, bring something to keep you entertained, bring water, there are water fountains.

 
There is the KidZania Diner and Gourmet Burger to eat, all reasonable priced, there are a few places to grab snacks and drinks.  You have no choice, you will have to queue, I suggest arrive early, as it is not as busy meaning less waiting and more time to activities.  Everyone wears a security tag, this monitors how much money has been earned and spent, also the tag works as a tracker, parents can tell which experience their child/ren are taking part in.  Each experience is clearly signed, advising how many children can go at a time, how long the experience will be, how much they can earn or spend depending on the activity they do.  Most of the are about 20 minutes however they can go on longer.


There are photographers present, they will take photos of the kids all dressed-up, they tap the wristband tags.  These photos can be viewed and purchased at the end of your day at Picture Air, The Photography Shop.  I was offered 5 prints for £50.  I purchased one at £12.00 

 


Read about our visit to the KidZania Pokemon studio
 >>Pokemon Animation Studio The Grand Opening <<

Prices and opening times: KidZania Informantion!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Do not be shy, come and Say HI!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 I have also been informed from now until next March 2016 KidZania will be running a great new scheme.  They are offering every school in the UK one free visit.
Please find the information here: Book early to avoid disappointment.





Disclaimer: This is an unsponsored post. I was given a family pass to experience Chritsmas at KidZania first hand.
 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

My DOG safety tips at CHRISTMAS, In partnership with PETPLAN




The season to be jolly is here, most people have plans of sorts, maybe you are going away, expecting visitors, family and friends.  There is so much to do.


On occasion our pets can be over looked.  We forget it's their home too.  Our pets do have their routines and if every day situations change, their behaviour can change too.  Being naughty, ripping things apart, digging the garden up, hiding away, not eating, being grumpy.  Could be some of the key signs to look out for.        

Tyson means the world to me, I do try to be a responsible owner.  Here are my top tips for looking after your dog during the Chritsmas Season:
  •  Don't put chocolate decorations on the Christmas tree
  •  Keep presents out of reach
  •  Ask relatives/friends if any food has been wrapped 
  •  Don't over feed you dog leftovers
  •  Be cautious of cakey treats, such as mince pies, these contain raisins (also grapes are toxic) poisonous to dogs.  It would be advisable to stick too yummy dog treats 

   
  • Make sure harmful foods are kept high out of reach
  • Poultry carcasses (cooked only) are dangerous to be fed to dogs, they can splinter and puncture their insides. Stick to RAW bones.  
  • Booze any kind is dangerous, make sure guests are aware to watch their drink is not being drunk by your dog.
  • Buy your dog his own presents to open
  • Ensure your dog has their own comfortable quiet place
  • Take them for regular exercise
  • As its starts to get colder, especially for the short haired dog, ensure they are warm on their walkies
  • Visitors with small children, make sure they don't play rough with your dog.  Especially older dogs.  Accidents can happen. 
  • Add your local vets number to your contact list, if you haven't already 



This is not a bible guide, a few helpful pointers. 



I am sure all my readers are responsible and do have Pet Insurance.  If you have been lucky enough to get a puppy for Chritsmas, one of the first steps should be to purchase a pet insurance.
Petplan Dog Insurance:
Petplan can offer some fantastic packages.
Whatever you do, don’t leave your dog without the cover they deserve.  Petplan are currently offering anyone who takes out their policy online will receive a 10% discount today!



In case you are unsure of what to do if there is a problem, call your vet for advice (This is why suggest add a number to your contact list for emergencies).  Then call your insurer for further help if you need to admitted your pet.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I do hope I have been able to keep you prepared for your pooch this Christmas, maybe you have learned something new. 

If you have any tips, please share them. Me and Tyson want to be safe this Chritsmas too.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, brought to you by Petplan, these are my own words! We want you to have a safe and happy Christmas. (Please note the offer was available on the 15th December 2015 - changing can happen)

Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Table of Delights, a Fabulous show of food and kids and fun adults too!


I was very lucky when a friend couldn't make a show and asked if I would like to take her place.  The best thing about it, was I could take my sons, so I jumped at the opportunity.

I love the theatre, I love watching actors on stage, getting onto character and taking us the audience on a journey with them.

The Show:

The Table of Delights

The title conjured up an image in my mind of food, luxurious foods but then I was lost, it could mean anything.   So I did what anyone would do and I turned to Google.  I found this fandabbydozy video.






The Little Table of Delights presented by Theatre Damfino from Theatre Damfino on Vimeo.


The Table of delights brings to the table so much more, then can be imagined.  A five course dinner of a show, a story all about food, how it came to our tables, the sheers delights of its journey, across the sea, over the land. All in rhyming song, with fantastic dynamic acting and incredible singing and a one man precision band with only kitchen utensils. Making music and pots and pans, every childs dream.
The show is engaging from start to finish.  The set-up is very different from any show I have ever been too or even seen.  The focus point is the stage, a long, actually a very long table, that sits lots of little kiddy bottoms and here the story unfolds.   There is cooking, tasting and clearing up, everyone is getting involved.




The actors blew me away, so much character and excitement is this show, they love working with the kids, the subjects so very interesting, Bread, Beetroot, Spices, Cheese and Honey.  Singing 'It came from the seed'.  The children sat at the table are really the luckiest as this is a sensory tale too, they feel part of the show and all the while they are truly entertained.

Also being a parent watching from the sideline, I found the show so amusing, jolly and very funny,  I could go again.





If you have a child or children, fancy something very different, you like food or even if you don't, everyone could learn about something.   I highly recommend this show. Sadly its run it almost finished, the last show is on the Sunday, 13th December.

The prices are decent:  

CHILDREN: £15
ACCOMPANYING ADULTS: £10
ADULT ONLY TASTING CLUB (including wine): £25 at-table; £20 in audience
SCHOOLS PERFORMANCES: Tues & Wed @ 10am, 12pm
FAMILY MATINEE SHOW: Sat & Sun @ 3pm
FAMILY EARLY EVENING SHOW: Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun @ 6pm
ADULTS ONLY TASTING CLUB (with wine): Thurs, Fri 8pm

The show started in Bristol, two couples with children, wanted to educated their children, about good healthy foods, this is how their journey begin.  Fingers crossed they will carrying on touring, its a great show and child and adults love it. 

Disclaimer: An unsponsored post: I just wanted to share my experience with you.

Thanks for stopping by, dont be shy, come and say Hi!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Old Stable Store, The Country House Collection, beautiful Soya Wax Candles *Review*



I first came across the 'Old Stable Store' On twitter they have a great selection of goods, mostly home fragrances, such as melts, diffusers, soaps, candles, potpourri that type of thing.   They offer homewears too, soft cushions, throws and a few nicely crafted pieces.  This brand is very pretty, caters for all the small touches to make your home feel warm and comforting, their styles are a little Shabby Chic, Country Gentleman and a hint of Retro however, it very much incorporates Traditional English.  


Old Stable began with their passion for the idyllic lifestyle, mostly warming home fragrances and luxury homewares.  They saw a great demand for both sides of the business, the Old Stable word spread and their online attention grow, the company has now honed into the home fragrance market where they aspire to offer a range of products to meet all needs.


The Old Stable Store newest candles, are the Country House Collection and this is just the start.  This range had carefully been put together.  These are new fragrances, that compliment any home, from home to home.  I was very fortunate to be sent a couple of beautiful candles made by the Old Stable.  These are their new range, OS Country House Collection.



There are 5 candles in the complete set


The Conservatory: Orange & Earl Grey



The Parlour: Black Tea & Lemon

The Pantry: Cinnamon, Pear & Vanilla






I received 2 candles to review The Greenhouse: Tomato Left & Pink Peppercorn and The Library: Woodsmoke, Pine & Leather candles.


They arrived in a box, neat and securely packed.  Each candle comes in a tin, the tins and glasses that hold the candles all have pretty artwork, all hand-painted, with neat descriptions of what they are.  Once the lids are popped off there beautiful scents float about. 

The Greenhouse: Tomato Left & Pink Peppercorn:
Smells amazing, the combinations of the Pink Peppercorn and the Tomato smells lovely together, the Pink Peppercorn is zingy, fresh and sharp, the Tomato is a little earthy, it sits nicely in the back ground.  The aroma reminds me of being in a meadow of spring flowers, ever thou the scent isn't floral.
The candle would make any room at home a pleasure to be in.  This candle is set in a white matt glass, the glass doesnt get too hot.   What I really like is when the enter the room the smell engulfs the air, its a delight.  Out of the two candles this is my winner, I can easily place this candle in any room of my home.  However it will remain in my frontroom as I love it.



Library: Woodsmoke, Pine & Leather:
The soft scent of woodsmoke fills my nose, then the Pine scent kicks out every few minutes, the smells of freshness smells lovely.  I cant smell the leather scent.  The scent is very mild and just as the pine fades, another hints of pine fills the air.  This is a very nice candle, its sits in a black matt glass, its strong and masculine.  This is the type of candle I could gift to a man, dad or friend or lover.  This isn't a stuffing old man candle that makes you think of cigar smokers and whiskey drinkers. This is stylish, handsome and fine English.   



These candles have beautiful details, the wicks are flat sticks of wood, they burn well, no visible white or black smoke.  I would suggest on the first burn, burn for at least an hour, until the top of the candle is runny wax, otherwise the wick is hard to relight.

I have also been advised that since I received my samples their has been a few changes.  The lids are shiny silver lids and the candle wicks have doubled in size, making the scents smell even stronger, their flames larger.   

The RRP: £16.00, these are superb quality candles made with EcoSoya Wax, each candle can burn for upto 50 hours.  Currently there is a discount The Library: Woodsmoke, Pine & Leather is currently on sale at £12.80. 

There will also be some changes in the near future; The Parlour and The Library  will change to new scents of ‘Honey & Apple’ and ‘Irish Cream & Leather.



Any orders of £50 or more, will be entitled to a 20% off, you will need to add a discount code at check out 'Gifttime'.  Also all order above £25 will receive free delivery.  So this is definitely worth a look.  So many great gifts for all your relatives, their candles are brilliant, I can't believe the prices they are at the moment.          

This is unsponsored post,  I received they candles to give my honest opinion.  

I hope you all have a great Christmas and enjoy your Christmas Shopping! Thank you for stopping by, don't be shy and come and say hi!


Monday, 30 November 2015

Do you want a message for the big man himself, Santa? PNP; Portable North Pole messages, options and review #PortableNorthPole



Just in case you have not notice but it is only 24 days until Christmas.  I have only just started my Christmas shopping however the kids are sorted.  I only have a few more presents to buy now.   This week our Christmas decorations are going up and for once I am feeling very festive and really organised.  Honestly most years my shopping is rushed, last minute and I'm wrapping the present up on Christmas Eve.

Talking of making Chritsmas exciting, I have also arranged for my sons to get some lovely messages from Santa.  That is right Santa himself can contact your little cherubs and wish them a fabulous day. Either over the phone or a video message.  This entertainment does not their, Santa can send messages to adults too.



The company is known as PNP; Portable North Pole.  I have used their services in the past both call and video.  However the site has had a revamp and PNP is now offering some great new packages too.
As part of their premium service, which is a paid service here is a list of video messages they can offer:  PNP Premium Videos listed


Once logged in, its easy to navigate:

Choose which package you'd like to use... Create a telephone call or a video message.

TELEPHONE CALLS:
One call from Santa £2.99
Unlimited Calls - 19 call scenarios available £5.99

There are options for a call from Santa on Christmas Eve, Congratulations calls and other options too.

One of my favourite telephones is a 'Behavior to improve' one >>
'TRY HARDER TO LISTEN TO MOM'  

Its a lovely message from Santa saying there is still time to be good, listen to mom. 
My sons eyes almost popped out of his head.  I have say there has been a few occasions I have told my sons, if you don't listen I am going to tell Santa.  This fitted in so perfectly.

*There isn't an option to have the call at a particular time so no scheduling.  First you can set-up the call, save this option.  Then at anytime log on and go to call.  That is when you add the contact details. The call takes place right then.  There will be 3 attempts to connects.      


The call phones are brilliant, all personal, Santa is very engaging too because, young children do get excited to have personal telephone calls and one from Santa is tops!

Its easy to arrange, add your all your child's details, choosing the correct pronunciation, save the details to set-up if need be.    

VIDEO MESSAGES:
One free pleasant option is available £0.00
Unlimited Videos, 7 storylines available, with access your archived videos from last year £7.99

WANT ALL OF THE ABOVE?
UNLIMITED CALLS & UNLIMITED VIDEOS - The videos are even available as unlimited HD downloads.  This is the GOLD PASS £9.99 

 PNP donates 5% of all online sales to 40 children’s hospitals across the world – 4 based in the UK

As you can see from the videos listed, it is not just Christmas messages they offer, they can be a birthday messages and other types too.
Liams birthday is on 2 weeks, I made this video message for him.




Its ever so simple to use, you type the recipients name, there is a speaker symbol, click it to get the correct pronunciation.  Click through the options and add photos.  I highly recommend, save some of your favourite photos in one file/place for easy access.  Also with the Christmas videos you may want to save photos of actual gift ideas.  The photos should be large files too, meaning fairly high quality shots and original photos too.  

So what are you waiting for, get involved and have some fun.  As I said this can be aimed at Adults too...  Your 'Naughty' partner that does not help with the washing-up, they deserve a message from Santa too. HO HO HO!

Or send a message to your Great Aunty Catherine who lives in Australia, their are so many fun options and they are not restricted to only the UK.

Best of all you can down load the PNP app and access all these options straight away, 
wherever you are. 

The app has an extra too, it gives you access to the kids corner.  Here kids can watch Santa messages and play games.  A pass code is needed to access the rest of the app, so the Magic of Santa is not spoiled. 


If this hasn't wetted your appetite enough, there is going to be a Christmas Twitter Frenzy on Thursday, 3rd December from 1.30 p.m.  There will be surprise prizes, too so tune in with  UKMumstv on Twitter, you'll need to use

 

Thank you for stopping by, dont be shy, come and say Hi!!
I really hope you get to use this great Christmas message tool, it's fantastic fun for all the family.

MERRY CHRISTMAS 

Disclaimer:  This is unsponsored post, however I have been given access to all the features for reviewing propose. 

   

Friday, 27 November 2015

HOPSTER as featured on Samsung Smart TV , Hopster TV the Review















Having a SMART TV IS AWESOME.  I can finally view my apps (applications) that I previously used on my iPad and mobile phone direct on my Television.

Perfect for watching all my favourite shows, on a large crystal clear screen, great for family viewing too.  Even my kids get to catch their TV shows.

Now I am getting used to my Smart TV, negativing is very easy.  I press the Samsung Smart Hub button, a menu appears. Click right to go to 'Featured' then clicked 'Featured again'


Here, I have control of my Smart Television and extra channels and apps.  Also all the Smart TV menus are located here.  My Apps, Whats New, Most Popular, Video, Game, Sports, Lifestyle, Information, Education, Kids.

I tend to use My Apps; This show all the Apps I have been recently views; Hopster (Samsung's decided kids channel) is here too:

For first time users, it's best you subscribe to Hopster on either a computer, laptop or iPhone, then locate Hopster as an App on your Television, go to Kids section.  (Thereafter Hopster will appear in My Apps.)
To be able to watch Hopster through your television, your Hopster account needs to be paired with your television. Once you have located Hopster on the TV, on the top right, to go Grown-ups section,  there you'll be given a code which needs to be entered onto your account. Then they are paired.

Thereafter Hopster is your accessible as you are a full subscribed member!
Also if you are new to Hopster, there is a 7 day free trial on offer, I recommend free viewing first, you and the little ones will love Hopster.

Once logged on, at the bottom of the home screen are leafs, each leaf has a recognisable cartoon character, this will take you to that characters television show.

There are plenty of shows to choose from:
Currently being shown:
Siper Why
Pingu
Pablo
Ben & Holly
Paddington
Nursery Rhymes TV
Max and Ruby
Learn to draw Minis
Wanda and the Alien
Rupert the Bear
Monster Math Squad
Postman Pat
Seven little Mosnters
64 Zoo Lane
Humf
I'm a Animal
Maggie and the Ferocious
Thomas and Friends
Tobys Travelling Circus
Babar and the Adventures of Badou
Bob the Builders
Casper Babypants
Fifi and the Flowertots
Hilltop Hospital
I'm Creepy Crawly
Louie
Tinga Tinga tales
Tractor Tom
Angelina Ballerina
The Blackyardigans
Hopsters' wide variety of programs are suitable for children between the ages 2-6.  the service is easy to use, negation and view any of the shows, even for little fingers. 
There are many different ways to watch television, there are many providers, some companies offers a huge selection children channels for all ages, solely dedicated to children but if you do not register/subscribe you are not going to be able to watch theses shows, also most are unsuitable for a younger audience, a lot of channels are aimed at older children, 7+ then teenagers, a whole manner of strange cartoons. 

Hopster is child friendly, its programs our for the younger generation, so little eyes and ears see no evil or hear no evil, there's no violence, no oddities.  Its very safe to use, even if your children are out of sight, you can be safe in the knowledge that only children's TV can be watched, unlike YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and any other Internet provided.




Currently Hospter is offering a 7 day trial, thereafter the subscription is £3.99 per month.  There is no contract, you can cancel whenever you like.   

So what are you wanting for? Treat yourself and the kids!

I am Samsung Kids Club Ambassador, if you have any questions regarding Samsung Kids Services, please free feel to contact me.