Author: Gemma Pepper

Mr Bloom Live

” Hello my name is Mr Bloom and id like to come and see you soon”, we all know that line don’t we, but this time for Oscar he really did come and see him at our local Theatre in Reading. Mr Bloom played by Ben Faulkes was joined on stage with his veggie friends, Colin the Runner Bean, the Wee MacGregors (the radishes), Joan the Fennel, Raymond the Butternut Squash, Margaret the Cabbage, and Sebastian the Aubergine. With an interactive story line including singing and dancing it’s a hit for Mr Bloom fans all around the country. Munchkin Entertainment new producers of children’s shows have been running Mr Bloom Live since early February and ends at the end of April and you can still currently find him in these cities here. Oscar was mesmerised by the singing and dancing, although he got a little fidgety during the other parts. The story line was based around the preparation for the royal visit of King Edward, the first half lasts around 3o minutes with a 20 minute interval …

The Caversham Rose

A newly refurbished bar has re opened it doors last week and it has all the thumbs up from me. I never knew the place before so I’ve pretty much walked into it as new place to go. First impressions of bar always count for me, I’ve seen a quite a few in my lifetime in all shapes and sizes and I have to admit I do like a bit of the wow factor when you walk in. The Caversham Rose is firstly a impressive size and very pretty, I love how it’s been styled inside and out, the outside area is perfect for summer evenings and it even has heaters so you can stay out there all night long if you wished. With its cool background music and well mannered staff greeting you as you walk through the door it immediately makes you feel at home. It’s not lost the local pub vibe, yet it’s striving for much more and it works. I went last week and its very clear everyone was enjoying themselves …

Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience 

We were lucky enough to be invited to a special pre view of Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience in London last weekend. It was the first time we had even considered taking Oscar to watch anything on the big screen and I have to say it went really well. There were cakes, balloon modelling and story telling in the foyer before the movie with a picture opportunity with Peppa and George. We even met the lovely Harley Bird the voice of Peppa !  Oscar is a big fan of Peppa which helped his concentration as it last for around an hour. There were 9 new featured stories in the film and inbetween those were lots of interactive well known childrens songs and actions to copy with Peppa, George and their friend Daisy.  It really is the perfect first cinema experience to take your Peppa fans to over the Easter holidays. The new stories include watching Peppa and her friends take a trip to London and a family holiday to Australia.  Peppa Pig My First …

Dear London 

Please don’t be worried ! Sometimes things happen we don’t have answers to, but for me your still the place of adventure, hussle and bussle of city life and a place I still love.  I will never stop walking your busy streets, I will carry on taking my children to see your beauty and culture. My husband will work right there in your heart and I will walk side by side with tourists and dwellers for many years to come.  I will never be scared into thinking your not safe, I will never be told it’s too dangerous, I will carry on believing in you even in your darkest hours, we will unite in keeping you alive.  We will protect you, we will never let the evil drive us away. You will still remain my favourite city, where all my fondest memories are.  Tonight rest easy, it’s been a tough day but tomorrow the sun will rise and you will too. We will never be beaten, we will always stand by your side.  G x 

Meet Hollie – An Introduction

For a while now I’ve been thinking about letting Hollie do a monthly feature here on the blog, she’s a very opinionated young lady who has views on all sorts of things that are going off in the world. I also thought it might be interesting for people to read things from a teenagers view, its pretty cool at times. I might live to regret this but here we go everyone meet, Hollie… Hi I’m Hollie I’m 14 years old and live with the crazy family you’ve probably all seen here on my mum’s blog… I didn’t really approve of my mums blog when she first started writing it as I thought it was quite “cringe” however throughout the last few months I’ve seen her write, I’ve watched her share her thoughts and now its become a little part of her happiness. I admit it has grown on me and I really do enjoy her writing her blogs, for her to get to share her thoughts, ideas, days out or even her personal life. I’d …

The Killer Thats Being Missed..

  Sepsis, a word I had only briefly heard of 4 weeks ago. My only knowledge of it was that it was something to do with blood poisoning but I had no idea what kind of devastation it can have on your body and that it can take away your loved ones quicker than I even want to think about. Four weeks ago Hollie’s step mum was rushed into hospital, she is 26, she is a wife and a mummy to 2 beautiful children, she’s a daughter, a sister, a friend and we nearly lost her to this horrific killer. Rosie is the best step mum to Hollie, she young, caring, beautiful and she loves Hollie like her own and I’m so grateful we have many years left of sharing Hollies future. But it could have been a completely different story if the ambulance wasn’t called when it was and the paramedics hadn’t spotted the tell tale signs of Sepsis. We are all guilty of thinking things like this won’t happen to us, but I’m …

In the Night Garden Live

  In the night Garden is probably my saviour at bedtime, after Oscar gets out the bath we finally have a little quiet time with Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle. It was also one of his first actions; he would get his index finger and draw a little circle on the palm of his other hand, he still does it to this day. Children’s programmes have such an impact on all our lives, for me I try to get some jobs done while the magic of the Makka Pakka is engaging Oscar and soon enough the characters become part of every day life and part of the family. I also find your favourites are something that you will remember well into adulthood, so why not make the magic come alive even more by taking them to see their favourite characters live. In the Night Garden Live 2017 is on sale now! The world’s only live productions of the Cbeebies top-rated show will visit London, Birmingham and Manchester this summer, on tour from 25 May to 28 …

The GCSE Journey Begins…..

  Its that time in Hollies life that she gets to choose what it is she wants to do with the rest of her life, the make or break moments of GCSE’s the part of your teenage years that pretty much make you feel sick for 2 years. The grueling slog of course work and then a lovely exam to finish it off, although without a doubt it is one of the first biggest decisions you have to make and the pressure that still comes attached to it is still so huge and still so scary. It somehow makes me feel as uneasy as it did 20 something years ago when I was sat with a piece of paper wondering what the hell it all meant and where I was heading. Hollie has been talking about her GCSE options since she first went into year 7, she’s always been very driven and she hates failure which sometimes makes her put a lot of pressure on herself. It doesn’t help that she can be a very …

Finding Happiness

I wrote this post a few days ago and since then I’ve had a few “down in the dumps” days, but I’ve given myself a kick up the bum as always, had a read of my own thoughts and now I’m hoping it might find you when you need a little pick me up or a reminder that it’s really all ok. Finding Happiness isn’t an easy feat, but I truly believe that the first step in becoming a happier person is to look in the mirror, accept what you see and love yourself even the imperfections. Those imperfections are there because nobody’s perfect and that’s what makes you, you. In my case a complete gypsy, who has the attention span of a nat and could do with losing a few pounds !! I also believe that accepting your mistakes and why you’ve made them puts you on a road of self discovery. You can look back connect the dots and understand why your here living in this moment right now. It might not be …

Pop Up Play Village Berkshire

Role play for me was such a massive part of my childhood, I had a wooden house in the back garden filled with all the mod cons (plastic of course) and many happy memories playing mum to my dolls, sitting and feeding them, pretending to wash the dishes – if only that was the case now ! Role play is vital for young children, as it encourages communication and problem solving skills, It provides independence and active exploration whilst learning about the world around them. So when I saw a new venture setting up in town I had to take a further look. Pop up Play Village is for children who love to role play. It’s made up of a vets, supermarket, cafe, baby nursery and a hospital. Its aimed at birth to 8 years, with a baby area especially for the younger ones while older children can explore the various features while learning reading and mathematical skills in the supermarket using the pre made shopping lists, encouraging the children to communicate with each other …