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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 …

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 

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 …

Half Term News…

This is a totally quickie, an apology of my absence while its half term. I’m writing this with one hand while feeding coco pops to Oscar in the other (mum multitasking if ever I’ve seen it). Over the last few days I thought it would be fun to buy a bunk bed and put it up with a teenager, an 8 year old and a toddler. Piece of advice – never ever be that stupid. It’s all up now and il be writing about Oscars room makeover soon. We have a couple of busy days ahead with Kid Zania today and the Natural History Museum Thursday which will both have dedicated posts of their own at some point in the next week! I was so excited about being on Huff Posts blogging network see my first post here. Hollie is also going to joining me on my blog once a month with a post from herself on her views of the world. Watch out for that she’s got lots to say that one. I’m working hard …

Exploring Emotions

When do you start letting your toddler know that actually launching himself into some kind of pirate fist clenching stance because the other kid wants the ball he’s holding isn’t ok ? For a start how do you even begin to explain why he just did that ? Well my initial response was to say “Oh someones been watching too much Swashbuckle”. In reality I just wanted the ground to swallow me up, the other little boy ran off scared for his own life, poor little guy. It really made me think, do I need to be more firm with him? Should I be telling him off? I just don’t think that’s my style with Oscar. I’ve spent a lot of time writing about how parenting a teenager has changed me and I think this change is now apparent in how I’m going about things with Oscar. At the moment he’s exploring emotions, hes understanding that if he takes something off someone or pushes them it creates a reaction or an emotion. I don’t think at …

Its Not All That Bad

My count to ten post had such a good response that I realised lots of parents are going though the same thing or even if they have children much smaller they really are dreading those teenage years. Theres so much negativity attached to those years that I wanted to share with you our best bits and to tell you not to worry, because it’s not all that bad. In fact its pretty fun. The Laughs, the slang and phrases Hollie comes out with are hilarious. I nearly wet myself when she said one of her friends was having a “side ting”. All teenagers use some sort of foreign language that people over 30 just do not understand. She’s got banter, especially with Sam, I’m a bit slow and don’t get jokes which means while those two are sat laughing at something, I end up laughing at them. We can be silly, whether thats dancing around the dining room to some terrible music or glittering ourselfs up while we are at festivals. Life is better when …

Bucklebury Farm Park

Children’s Farms, smelly, muddy, noisy – all the reasons you should be visiting with your children. Venturing into the world of farming can be an exciting and educational place for little explorers. Opening up their eyes to a sensory paradise of textures, noises and smells even if they are a little whiffy. Observing wildlife in its natural habitat is about as exciting as it gets for me, I’m an animal lover there’s no hiding away from that, the cute piggys  and the naughty goats get me every time. I could spend hours wandering around a farm feeding the animals. From a personal prospective I really want my children to know what we eat was once a living creature, that the milk they drink is from a real cow and I want them to understand that corn and crops grow in fields to make the cereal they eat at breakfast. Farms are not only an important part of british heritage but all over the world, encouraging them to understand what fruit grows in which country and even …