Monday, 20 March 2017

Aldi Mother's Day Gifts

It can't have escaped your attention that it is Mother's Day this Sunday. I tend to stick to the traditional flowers or chocolates but having seen Aldi's great range of Mother's Day gifts I think I will be breaking with tradition and surprising my Mum and Mark's Mum with something different this year.


Mark's Mum is a member of the Ramblers so this handy flask will be perfect for taking out on walks. It will easily fit in her rucksack and is a bargain at just £4.99. I like the purple and pink colour combination and I'm sure she will do too.




My Mum doesn't own a computer and still writes letters to her friends so this set of four notepads would make a lovely gift for her. The largest notepad is slightly smaller than A5, it has a pretty floral pattern across the top and is lined, a huge help when letter writing. The four notepads graduate down in size and all have a similar floral design. 



The blue notepad is lined and is the perfect size for shopping lists and the unlined notepads would be perfect to have by the telephone or on a coffee table for jotting down messages.




Prosecco is a popular drink and Aldi have Valdobbiadene Prosecco in store, light and refreshing it goes especially well with with cake! A bottle costs £7.49 

If you still need to buy your Mum a gift then I suggest you pop down to Aldi and have a look at their Mother's Day gift selection. The gifts are all reasonably priced and you can pick then up when you are doing your weekly shop which for busy Mums like me is a real bonus!






Disclaimer - I received these products form Aldi for the purpose of this review but all words, photos and opinions are my own.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Luke's new hobby



Luke's school are really keen on music and all the pupils are encouraged to play an instrument. Luke has tried the piano and clarinet but wasn't keen on either of them so he had a rethink and decided to have a go at the drums. He is really enjoying it so we bought him some drumsticks last week. He is practicing several times a day and really enjoying it so hopefully this will continue. I think we will wait a bit before we look at buying a drum kit though!

Gangsta Granny Live on Stage! - Preston Guild Hall





On Wednesday night we took Luke and Charlie to Preston Guild Hall to see Gangsta Granny. The popular children's book, written by David Walliams, has now been transformed by Neal Foster into a stage show and is performed by the Birmingham Stage Company. We saw another another of their productions, Horrible Christmas last year which was excellent so we were all looking forward to another great show. 

Luke and Charlie were both very excited as they both love David Walliams’s books and Luke has read them all. We read Gangsta Granny last year as a bedtime story and where I would normally only read one chapter there were nights when we read two as the story was so good! 

The show is obviously very popular; I was quite surprised to see a full theatre on a Wednesday evening and there was a mix of families, a school group and Brownies. We saw a few people from Luke's class too.  

The story is about a boy called Ben who dreads Friday evenings as he is sent to Granny’s house whilst his parents go ballroom dancing. Granny is your stereotypical old woman, curly grey hair, wears a dress, complete with cardigan and cooks nothing but cabbage; Ben is subjected to a weekly game of Scrabble and consequently he hates Friday nights. That is until one night he discovers a hoard of jewels in a biscuit tin and suddenly he sees a different side to Granny and Friday becomes the highlight of his week.

The set was very impressive, incorporating pull out seats and beds and cleverly depicting many different locations. Switching from one location to another was seamless with some of the changes even being done to music.

Ben’s parents, played by Rachel Stanley and Benedict Martin, are both avid dancers and there was lots of dancing in the show. All of the cast were skillful dancers and the Paul Chantry and Rae Piper's choreography was excellent. 

During the interval Raj, the local shopkeeper, played expertly by Devesh Kishore, wandered around the theatre trying to promote his ice creams with a selection of buy 500 get one free offers! Luke's friends Matt and Ritchie, who were in the audience, were keen to buy off Raj! All the children in the audience loved the interaction and it helped keep everyone entertained during the break.

At times, especially during the dance competition, the atmosphere was more like that of a pantomime with cheering and booing aplenty. Mum and Dad came off stage during the dance competition and sat in front of us, much to the delight of the girl behind us who was so excited to see them. They helped encourage the audience to get into the spirit of the dance competition and cheer for Ben, which added to the fun of the night.

One thing that really made everyone laugh out loud were the fantastic sound effects; Granny only ever seems to eat cabbage which has an unfortunate but hilarious side effect. As you would expect Luke and Charlie loved this and were in stitches every time she farted. 
Another bit the boys especially liked was Granny tearing down the motorway on her mobility scooter!

Ashley Cousins who played Ben was outstanding, his portrayal of an 11 year old boy was very convincing and his robotic dancing had the boys in stitches. For us, Gilly Tompkins was the star of the show, transforming from boring Granny to international jewel thief effortlessly.

We all really enjoyed the show and had a great time, we didn’t stop laughing all night and the boys said it was the best play they had ever seen!  I would definitely recommend that you try to see the show if you can, it is running at Preston Guild Hall until Sunday 12th March.



We received 4 tickets for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are our own.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Daz Brightness Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I received my Daz starter kit from the Savvy Circle, Together with 6,000 other savvy circlers I got the chance to try out Daz for whites and colours. In my starter pack I received a full sized pack of Daz for myself and 10 smaller packs to give to friends.




We do a lot of washing in our house so I put Daz to the test on our washing and I have to say it has performed really well with with everything from white school shirts, muddy PE kits and dirty overalls. William's white shirts look brighter than they have for a while and the coloured items look bright and clean. I have to say I am really impressed with Daz and I will certainly continue to buy it.




Gliders


Luke's homework this week was to build a glider, he made this out of paper and supported the wings with a strip of polystyrene. He managed to get it to fly 7.67m which was the best in the class. 

Friday, 3 March 2017

World Book Day 2017



This year both boys dressed up for World Book Day. Luke did want to wear his steel toe capped boots but I persuaded him that his new hiking boots might be a better option!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Panoffle




Luke has been using pancake batter in the waffle maker and has created the Panoffle. Luckily he took a picture as it didn't last long!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Winter Cycling




To reach our target of 1,500 miles I think we need to try and cycle at least 100 miles every month over winter and then increase the miles in the spring and summer when we can go out after work. We have done a couple of rides in the dark which have been fun and once you get out in the countryside it is fascinating seeing all the stars. We have plenty of lights so no one will miss us in the dark! It is half term this week so we have been out a couple of times, well wrapped up as it has been quite cold. I have been wearing my bib tights with another pair of leggings on the top, two pairs of socks, a thermal vest, jumper, gilet and cycling top and I have been just the right temperature! I have a fleece headband that I wear under my helmet which keeps my ears warm and I also wear a neckwarmer and gloves. 


We have been out on some beautiful days and are so lucky having such lovely rides on our doorstep, the countryside around us is so stunning and you get such a good view on the bike. We can head out to the coast for a flatter ride or head for the hills for a tougher challenge - both are fun and it is nice to have a choice of rides.