Get Ready For A Magical Journey With Passport To Adventure With Disney On Ice

A few weeks ago I spent a wonderful afternoon taking part in the ‘Fit To Dance’ workshop with Ashley Banjo and some of the super talented stars from Disney On Ice.

Their passion and love for all they do really shone through and the buzz of the upcoming show filled the room and you can get your chance to experience this for yourself if you are thinking of going along to the show yourself in their pre show ‘Fit To Dance’ with Zootropolis.

All of your favourite Disney characters from Minnie and Mickey to Timon and Pumba will be making their way to London from 20th to 30th December to take you on a journey through a plethora of memorable Disney destinations with the all new singing and dancing show – Passport To Adventure.

The journey will take you through the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumba, take a trip deep under the sea to the mystical home of Ariel and then wicked off into the sky by Tinkerbell to discover Neverland. As if this wasn’t enough you will then be transported to a winter wonderland where you will of course find the all time favourites Elsa, Anna and the lovable snowman Olaf and discover that true love is the most magical power of all.

This show would make the perfect Christmas treat with its combination of familiar Disney hits, world class skating and of course the magic of Disney that can never be topped.

There are still tickets available ‘here’ so don’t miss out on your chance to witness this unforgettable experience!

My Mini Pop Artists At Warhol Croydon

Research from the International Child Art Foundation has found that a child that is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property – key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twentieth century.

This is why exposing my litttle ones to as much art and culture as possible is of great importance to us as a family.

By this I don’t mean sitting in front of text books flicking through endless pages of text, but actually getting out and exploring which for me is a far more interesting way of gaining knowledge.

This weekend we took a trip into Croydon to explore the Warhol Croydon exhibition that has been bought to the streets of Croydon by the award winning RISE Gallery.

The street exhibition has been inspired by the life and works of Andy Warhol who was a leading artist in the 1960’s pop art movement.

A group of extremely talented artists have come together to create twelve instillations taken from the inspiration of his work and placed across the whole town centre.

There are plenty of free guided walks that you can book online to take part in or go it alone like we did.

The tour took us from the bustling high street full of shoppers to super quiet derelict buildings, from high rise offices to beautiful gardens and the quirky streets of Surrey Street Market.

We stopped and took time to take in each piece and the children really loved telling me their thoughts…some not so complementary and some hilarious.

It’s wonderful to see what others see when looking at the same piece of art and there is nothing thing better than seeing things through a child’s eyes.

The tour took us some time as I didn’t follow the route as marked out which from experience I would suggest doing.

With the tour complete we headed off to the Whitgift and Centrale Shopping Centre to take part in the Andy Warhol themed session that allowed Oscar and Frankie to become Mini pop artists for the afternoon.

We are familiar with Whitgift Weeenies Kids Club sessions that are put on throughout the year and are completely free to take part in.

The sessions can be anything from animal handling to art sessions and are suitable for children aged 3-10.

This session saw the children trying their hand at printing by carving out a picture into a foam board, covering it  with as much and as many different colours as they like and then creating their own Pop Art style masterpiece.

The friendly staff were at hand to help out where needed yet allowing the children free reign to really bring out their creative side.
Cleaned up and art in hand we finished off our jam packed day at RISEgallery they at the moment is homing some pieces of original artwork by Andy Warhol himself.

It certainly wasn’t a stuffy gallery that didn’t want enquisitive children around, we were infact all warmly welcomed, shown around the gallery and even had a chat about the art work that the boys had created.

The exhibition is on until the end of the month and there is still time to book in for this Sunday’s Wennies Kids Club session, so get yourself booked in as it’s something not to be missed!
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In The Night Garden Live:Review

Last year we had our first visit to In The Night Garden Live at Richmond Park and I have to say it was an absolutely magical experience.

With this in mind I did wonder if we attended again we would still get that wow factor. 

This year we were lucky enough to have two trips to the huge snow dome as we had been asked along to experience the Meet A Character and try out the goody bag which is something we hadn’t tried the year before.

I went along with Oscar the day before opening and had the pleasure of meeting Upsy Daisy and our favourite Iggle Piggle.

The rooms are set up so that you have your own individual experience and the surprise is so much greater then the usual ‘meet and greets’ as it is all done in a separate room for your own personal experience.

The minute the curtain went back Oscar’s eyes filled with delight and he ran straight in for a big hug!

Over the moon at the chance to meet his favourite characters we then went and collected our goodie bag to try out.

For those of you that read my blog you will know that I am not a fan of merchandise at events such as this as it is usually massively over priced and broken before we even get though the show.

In The Night Garden Live however offers a huge goodie bag full of treats from the usual light up toys to cuddly toys and cutlery sets.

It come at a hugely discounted price compared to buying the gifts separately and there is a whole host of keepsakes that will keep those memories of your trip alive for a long time to come.

The next day we headed back to the snow dome with my husband and Frankie and although the boys were a year older the magic of the snow dome captivated them as soon as we entered the theatre.

Their favourite characters took to the stage in the form of puppets and costumes actors and the whole dome was filled with laughter from the pre school audience.

I’m always a sucker when it comes to sights such as this as there is nothing better than seeing the delight on little ones faces  from the sheer delight of what they are experiencing.

If you are looking for a show to introduce your children to the wonders of the theatre then this is the perfect place to start.

The whole area is geared up for little ones with a huge buggy park, food warming facilities, plenty of toilets and changing facilities and of course their favourite characters coming to life in front of their very eyes.

*we were given tickets to the show and souvenirs of the trip for the purpose of this review.

 

I Am A Chessington World Of Adventures Ambassador 

Chessington World Of Adventures has been a part of my life since I was a young girl.

It was where I had my first experience of a theme park and I have fond memories of summer holiday trips there with my family and have loved watching it grow into the fabulous place it is today Thai I can now share with my own family.

I am over the moon to have been asked to be an ambassador for them this year and we are all super excited to share our adventures with you and let you know what it going on there throughout the year.

With a large family consisting of different ages Chessington World Of Adventure offer a place where I can keep them all happy from my thrill seeking teen to my animal loving toddler.

We plan our first trip over the next couple of weeks where we will be trying out the new Gruffalo ride for the first time and heading over to the woodland Discovery Centre to take part in all kinds of crafts and activities such as building a bug hotel and taking part in a butterfly count.

Keep an eye out for all the fun! 

Bringing Those Summer Brights Indoors

During the summer months my wardrobe changes considerably from a sea of black and green clothes to something far more colourful.
I swap thick black trousers for floaty floral skirts. Heavy parka style coats for lighter jackets in bold colours and even my shoes change from bulky black boots to metallic sandals they really show off all the beautiful bright prints.

Something that I have been thinking about recently though is the fact that my home doesn’t change from season to season and it really would be a welcome change to have a splash of colour to match the good weather…well when we get it!

My living room is full of throws and cosy soft furnishings in very muted tones such as grey and cream.

This in fact leaves me with a pretty blank canvas that I could add a few items to during he summer months to make it a more vibrant area.

Ceramic vases with beautiful blooms are a really inexpensive way to add a great colour splash that can be changed weekly to really keep a bit of variety going.

Cushions are another lovely addition that can also be added very cheaply and look great in a miss match of colours.

Esprit have some really vibrant colours at great prices and I have my eye on a few to adorn my sofa.

Tie backs on curtains can also add a more sutble amount of colour if you don’t want to go for a really full on look.

Do any of you add different accessories to change your home with the changing seasons? 

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WWE Smackdown Live At The O2

I have to admit I wasn’t filled with excitement when an email popped up in my inbox asking me along to the O2 to watch WWE Smackdown Live.

However after seeing the face of my usually unexcitable teenage boy light up at the thought of it I knew that is was going to be an event that he was going to very much enjoy.

In fact it wasn’t only Archie that was full of excitement, my husband and my five year old Frankie are also massive fans which would make it a trip for all ages.

We arrived at the O2 and set off for some pre drinks where we got the chance to see some of the infamous belts and get up close to Dolph Ziegler and Becky Lynch. Sadly we didn’t manage to get a photo but it was still great to meet them in person.

We made our way to our seats kitted out in all the fantastic merchandise and I was astounded by the atmosphere that was filling the packed out arena.


People of all ages were sining, chanting and cheering as the spectacular ring entrances that were taking place and were completely immersed in the thrill of the fight scenes. Many of which were dressed as their favourite characters such as The Undertaker and Randy Orton.

Even I got drawn into the atmosphere and thoroughly enjoyed the three hour long performance that for me was a cross between a rock concert and a boxing match.

The boys sat there glued to the stage, joining in with the chants and getting super excited with each throw and slam dunk they saw.

This show really was an eye opener for me and it goes to show that you sometimes the things you think you will have little interest in can actually be a really enjoyable experience.

We all came out buzzing from a fantastic event and I would highly recommend taking a trip next time they are in a town near you.

 

The BiB Awards 2017 Are Open And I Would Love Your Support

Two years into blogging and I think I can finally now say that I now know exactly what ignites my passion to keep writing…photography.

When I first started my blog I floundered around not really knowing what I wanted to focus on and was forever worrying that I didn’t have a niche.

Still this far down the line the title family and lifestyle really does suit me best and the topics I cover are as irratic as my life and this is what I love.

I would be bored writing about the same subject all the time and as they say ‘variety is the spice of life’

One thing that has stood firm through the though is my passion for photography, in fact I would say my love grows for it by the day.

I’ve not had any formal training and that is something that is still on top of my wish list but my aim had always been to try and capture those moments be them good or bad so they they are recorded for a lifetime to come so they are never truly forgotten.

If you read my blog I hope that you have enjoyed scrolling through my images on my posts and over on Instagram which is something I have a pretty large addition too!

I really hope that you love looking through my photos as much as I enjoy taking them and I would love you to take a few minutes to click on the link below and cast a vote in the photo section for me.

It would be a dream to get nominated and here is a big thank you for taking the time to read this post and hopefully give me a vote.

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