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The Snowman Tour with Live Orchestra – Review

The Snowman Tour with Live Orchestra – Review

Earlier this year, I wrote about our plans to see The Snowman Tour!  At the time we were so excited to have been invited, but December seemed such a long way off. Time absolutely flies though and with Christmas just around the corner, it was time to get our glad rags on and kick off the festive season in style with The Snowman Tour Live!

As our girls are still very young, I was a little apprehensive about the length of the show. I was unsure whether they would become restless part-way through, but I need not have worried! The atmosphere was really relaxed and there were so many different ages groups there, including children younger than ours.  At around 1.5 hours including the interval, both girls didn’t get the chance think about anything other than the show. The interval was the ideal chance to grab the girls a drink and a snack too!

 

A Night to Remember!

The show started with a comical introduction to each musical instrument in the orchestra. This was a great way for the kids to learn the different sounds that each instrument makes and it gave us adults a little giggle too! It was incredible to see a live orchestra, everyone involved oozed so much talent!

This introduction was followed by The Bear and The Piano, illustrated by David Litchfield and with recorded narration by Joanna Lumley. This was the piece that I was looking forward to the most! This beautiful tale, told on a big screen captivated the audience and our girls were completely mesmerised throughout. We were lucky enough to have David Litchfield at our performance in person, he got a very well deserved round of applause for his exceptional work. The Bear and the Piano was such a fabulous performance, Hubs and I had grins from ear to ear as we watched our girls take in the magic of the night!

 

Copyright David Litchfield Illustration

 

One of the highlights of the evening was a visit from The Snowman himself! He appeared mid-way through the performance and made his way through the crowd. All of the children were so excited to see him, and he definitely put a smile on the faces of our girls!

 

 

Last but by no means least was The Snowman animation, complimented beautifully by the orchestra and the amazing young singers. Our eldest was so taken with this performance, she followed the story from start to finish and was often on the edge of her seat with excitement. Our littlest got completely lost in the music too and was swaying her way through the animation!

 

 

We had such an incredible night as a family at The Snowman Live, the whole experience was just so wonderful. It was the perfect start to the festive season, with some great family memories made – we can’t wait for next year!

Want to see the The Snowman Live? There’s still chance to get your hands on tickets for Derby, Coventry, Blackpool, Hanley and Hull – CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW! 

 

 

 

*We were given tickets to see The Snowman in exchange for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

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BusyLizzy Family Club, Baby and Toddler Classes with a Difference – FREE CLASS

BusyLizzy Family Club, Baby and Toddler Classes with a Difference – FREE CLASS

What do you think of when you hear ‘baby group’ or ‘toddler class’? Does it send shivers down your spine as you picture the chaos of old school groups, where none of the toys are working and the tea is tepid at best? If so, then I have the answer to your prayers! This week I’ve teamed up with Busylizzy Family Club, to showcase their new and revolutionised baby and toddler groups for the under 4s.

 

What’s on offer?

Busylizzy split their classes into three different groups; baby classes, mini classes and active tots. Each group offers the correct level of activity for the age group. therefore bringing out the best in your little ones from the outset!

Baby classes – these classes are specifically designed to provide a calm and supportive atmosphere for you and your little one. You can choose from a range of music, baby sign, baby massage and yoga among others. With so many different activities to try out, there’s no chance of tedium setting in!

 

 

Mini classes – these classes are aimed at children in the early stages of toddlerdom. You and your littles can choose from a variety of classes including mini Monet art classes or mini explorers with obstacles and excitement galore as well as many more. All of these classes are designed to teach colour recognition, counting and coordination. All in a fun and multi-sensory environment!

 

 

Active tots – these classes have been created with the older toddler in mind. Busylizzy have an amazing range of classes including languages, music, drama, ballet and yoga to name a few. All of these classes give you the chance to join in with your little ones and it gives them the perfect opportunity to let their wonderful characters shine through!

 

Mummy Fitness

Postnatal fitness is a great way to regain your confidence in the months after giving birth. That’s why Busylizzy offer the bee’s knees in mummy fitness classes! Depending on the type of workout you’re after, you’re free to choose from aerobics, yoga, pilates and buggyfitness to name just a few. The best bit? You take your little one along with you! There’s no need to worry about childcare and it offers perfect bonding time for mum and baby.

 

How are Busylizzy different from the rest?

The beauty of becoming a Busylizzy member is that is offers an incredible amount of flexibility when it comes to choosing classes. Your schedule does not have to be set in stone, one week you might enjoy a little ballet and another hip hop might tickle your fancy. Busylizzy offers a unique approach to attending classes, allowing you and your family to pick and mix at your leisure!

As parents themselves, the guys over at Busylizzy also appreciate that life doesn’t always go according to plan where children are involved. For this reason they give you the option of cancelling and rescheduling your classes up to as little as two hours before it begins. This also means that paying for classes whilst you’re on holiday is a thing of the past!

As well as all of that, Busylizzy gives you the chance to meet and socialise with like minded parents. Having a baby can be a daunting time, but surrounding yourself with friends can make you feel much less alone!

 

Do you fancy trying out a Busylizzy class completely FREE of charge? Find out where your nearest class is HERE and claim your spot today!

 

 

*This post was written in collaboration with Busylizzy Family Club.

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Five Simple ways to Live Green as a Family

Five Simple ways to Live Green as a Family

Green living has become an increasingly popular way to live. Looking after our environment offers huge benefits to ourselves and to the planet. As parents however, we often find that family life is a juggle at the best of times. Adding to our workload by implementing green living rituals can seem daunting. This doesn’t have to be the case though! There are many small changes that you and your family can make, that will impact positively on our environment.

Living a little greener can be fun to do as a family too. Getting the kids into a few environmentally friendly habits early on will set them in good stead for their future. From the transport you use to your home life endeavours, your family can enjoy being eco-friendly together.

How can you live a green life?

  1. Recycle – recycling in the home doesn’t have to add to your workload. It can be made really simple by spending a little time setting up a few boxes in your kitchen, for items such as cardboard and tins. Once you’ve done this all you have to do is empty the contents of the boxes into the correct outdoor bins. This means you don’t have to spend time sorting your recyclables from your rubbish at the end of the day. Simple!
  2. Shopping – I know charity shops aren’t for everyone, but it’s amazing what hidden gems you’ll find if you take the time to look. The beauty of these shops is that everything is second hand, so nothing goes to waste. They offer an excellent way to take care of our planet and they reduce the amount of waste we throw away dramatically.
  3. Transport – there are more cars on the road now than ever before and the fumes they give out have a huge effect on the environment. There are ways we can combat this and using public transport is right at the top of the list. The more we use public transport, the less cars there are on the road to pollute the air we breathe. Using public transport can be great fun for kids too. Taking them on the train can be an adventure and a practical trip all rolled into one! You can also make use of transport services such as Shiply, who pride themselves in offering environmentally friendly services as, well as making your life that little bit easier!
  4. Energy – wasting energy is an easy thing to do, we leave a light on here or have the shower running too long there. Changing our habits to save this wasted energy is just as easy. If we stay conscious of the little things not only will we be nurturing our environment, we might just save ourselves a bit of cash too! Using renewable energy sources, such as solar panels on your home, can also be a great way to help the environment.
  5. Reusable nappies and cutting down on wipes – often when people think of reusable nappies they think of the extra work they cause the new mother. In this day and age this isn’t the case, reusable nappies can be thrown into the washer and dried with very little effort. Their use reduces the huge amount of disposable nappies that are left to rot in landfill sites on a daily basis. Reducing the amount of baby wipes can help in this department too. I know it would be difficult to stop using them all together, but cutting down on the quantity you use can be a great and easy way to live green!

 

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*This is a collaborative post.

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Sleep Like a Baby with the Zen Guru Memory Foam Mattress

Sleep Like a Baby with the Zen Guru Memory Foam Mattress

As parents of two young children, Hubs and I have learnt the value of sleep the hard way.  Long gone are the days when weekends were used to lie in and catch up on sleep after a week of work.  These days we often rise before the sun and finally crawl into our beds well after it sets.  Our girls aren’t shy of a little midnight shindig either, just to keep us on our toes!

The amount of sleep we get has dramatically reduced over the past two years and so when we do find chance to get some shut-eye, it’s essential that the sleep we do get is of good quality.  That’s why when we were offered the chance to try out the Zen Guru memory foam mattress, we couldn’t resist the chance to get sleeping.  For work purposes, obviously!

Our current mattress is now five years old.  It doesn’t offer much support anymore and with Hubs’ back not in the best of wear, we thought it was about time to retire the old thing.  The mattress, not Hubs!  Joking aside he needs a decent mattress with a combination of comfort and support, to keep him shipshape and Bristol fashion.

 

 

Our Zen Guru arrived neatly vacuumed packed, in an easy to carry box. It was no problem to get the mattress upstairs and into the bedroom, completely avoiding manoeuvring a king size mattress around the house.  Once the box was upstairs it was unpacked in just a few minutes and to make life even more simple, we were sent a handy tool to remove the cellophane cover with ease.  It took very little time for the mattress to regain its original shape, it definitely gets top marks for convenience.

 

 

I was so excited for our first nights sleep and I wasn’t disappointed.  The memory foam moulds to your body perfectly, providing the utmost comfort.  We found that the Guru offered Hubs the support he needs, meaning we were both kept happy and snoozing for as long as the littles would allow.  The Guru also arrived with a sleep package which included a sleep mask, sleep balm and pillow mist with a gorgeous fragrance.  I’m all about relaxation, so this made my new mattress experience even better!

 

 

Since the Zen Guru came into our life the quality of sleep we get has improved markedly.  If your mattress has seen better days I would highly recommend investing in your very own Guru.  It’s reasonably priced, convenient and most importantly gives you the nights sleep you deserve!

 

Click here to find out more about the Zen Guru mattress!

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How to Balance Being a Mum and Being a Freelancer This Summer

How to Balance Being a Mum and Being a Freelancer This Summer

As your children’s summer break approaches, it’s likely that you’re worrying. How you are going to balance having them at home, as well fulfilling as your work-from-home venture? You’re probably wondering how you can manage your duties as a mother, whilst still being able to fulfil your duties as a freelancer. It’s only natural to start having thoughts about this, and it’s only natural that you should worrying about it too. But fear not, there is a way to find that illustrious balance. You can balance being a mum and being a freelancer who works from home. Read on to find out how.

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If possible you could set aside some of the money you make from your freelancing venture and invest it in an activity your children will love. If you don’t want your children to have a sedentary summer, then why not invest in something that will keep both active and entertained? Things such as trampolines are a really fun way to keep children active. They offer children countless hours of fun, especially if they have siblings or friends to play with.

If possible you could spend time tweaking your schedule. It’s only natural that having children at home during your working day is going to affect it. So before the summer rolls around, you could start making little changes to your schedule, so that you are used to it when it’s forced upon you. This could mean getting up earlier, in order to allow yourself time in the day to play with your children. Or it could mean training yourself to reach different deadlines throughout the day. Whatever it is that you decide to do, make sure to do it as soon as possible. The sooner you get used to a schedule that will be a better fit for you and your children when they are on their break, the better.

Finding the balance between being a stay-at-home mum and a person that works form home is vital.  You want to be able to provide summer memories for your children, but you also want to be able to put food on the table for them and buy them things. Preparation is key to make this summer one to remember!

 

*This is a collaborative post.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum – What You Need to Know

Hyperemesis Gravidarum – What You Need to Know

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is the name given to severe vomiting during pregnancy.  So severe in fact,  that it can cause women to become dehydrated and lose weight.

I suffered from HG during both of my pregnancies, each time not believing that I would be able to get through it.  It’s hard to admit, but there were also times when I regretted my situation as this illness can be so debilitating.

When you have HG it is almost as if time stands still, you cant go back but you don’t know how to move forward – knowing how to get out of bed would be a start.

Drawing from my own personal experiences with the condition, here are a few things you need to know:

  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum is not just morning sickness.  HG is far worse.  Not only are you feeling sick but you are constantly being sick.  Hanging your head over the toilet for the thirtieth time in less than twenty four hours, feeling faint and dizzy, being in a constant state of exhaustion and feeling like your head is going to explode is extreme.  Don’t get me wrong, sickness of any kind is not pleasant and I feel for anyone with morning sickness. HG however, is on another level and it is not to be taken lightly.
  • Dry crackers are not going to cut it.  You can eat crackers until your mouth feels like the bottom of a bird cage, you will still feel sick and be sick.  I lost count of the amount of times crackers were pushed under my nose, only to be thrown back no more than thirty seconds later.  My advice is eat what you can when you can.  Even if that happens to be a couple of chocolate biscuits, or a double cheese burger.  You’re probably going to throw it back up anyway, so you may as well enjoy the bits you do get to eat!  A few calories are better than none so it’s always worth a shot.
  • ‘Stick your ginger where the sun doesn’t shine’ (shamefully, these are my words!).   This one does again relate to food, but it deserves its own point!  I used to love ginger – cake, biscuits, gingerbread men – you name it.  In my early days of HG before I was medicated my friends, family and even my GP told me ginger would do the trick.  It did NOTHING! Now I can’t stand the stuff, I am nearly six months post-partum and the thought of ginger still makes me feel nauseous.  I know you’re trying to be helpful, really I do – but f**k off with your ginger!
  • Don’t let anyone tell you ‘you just have to get through it’.  Seven weeks into my first pregnancy I literally could not stop being sick.  Water, food and sips of energy drink all came back up to say ‘Hi’.  Medical professionals hadn’t taken my condition seriously enough.  One particular consultant said ‘I don’t care about sickness, everyone gets that’.  Funnily enough this was a MALE consultant.  Therefore it wasn’t long until I was admitted into hospital,  suffering from dehydration.  I spent a night on IV fluids and anti-emetics, surrounded by people who understood that I was ill.  I left hospital the next day with a package of medication, that would see me through the next few months.  To this day I cannot thank these people enough – they made my first pregnancy less traumatic and more bearable than I could ever have imagined.
  • It’s OK to medicate.  I know that medication during pregnancy is a very personal choice, it’s certainly not for everyone.  If this is something you are open to though and you are advised only by your Doctor, it is OK.  It can mean a less traumatic pregnancy, you will most probably be able to eat bits and function day to day.  I’m not saying they are miracle drugs, you’re still going to feel like s**t – but being able to get out of bed makes HG life a bit more bearable.
  • Accept help.  This is not always easy, but accepting help takes the pressure off.  If the house wants cleaning or the children need looking after call in some favours, lean on those around you.  It won’t be forever but HG is a serious condition, there is no shame in accepting help whilst you are not at your best.
  • You will get through it.  It doesn’t seem like it now but it will pass.  By the end of this horrific journey you will have a squidgy little munchkin, and it will all have been worth it.  You won’t look back on those days fondly.  There are people out there to guide you if you need help coming to terms with your experience.  Just know that one day it will be over, you are strong enough to get there.  Just take each minute as it comes!

 

It turns out that HG doesn’t discriminate, here are a few celebrity sufferers :

    • The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton had HG during both of her pregnancies.
    • The Saturdays singer, Frankie Bridge suffered during her second pregnancy.
    • Property guru Kirstie Allsopp has been a sufferer.
    • Nineteenth century English novelist Charlotte Bronte.  Charlotte Bronte was thought to have died from the condition, around four months into her first pregnancy.
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