Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The must-see family West End shows this Christmas

If you're looking to get into the Christmas spirit with your family this festive season, there's no better way to do it than heading to one of the magical family-friendly West End shows. A trip to London's West End is an unforgettable experience for the whole family and special and exciting for both children and adults. We've picked four of the very best to inject a little bit of magic into your Christmas this year.

Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre)

This wonderful new show is perfect for families of young children, as proven by the cast's fantastic appearance on Children In Need this year. What makes this show so incredibly special is the fact it's based on true events. Set in Essex in 1968, the show focuses on the story of Rita O’Grady, who works in the Ford plant stitching seat covers for cars. When Rita and her co-workers find out that they are going to have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled,’ Rita leads the gang in a battle for justice. The show is funny, touching and timeless, and is an uplifting, empowering story that will inspire you and your children.

Wicked (Apollo Theatre)

This classic Wizard of Oz story is full of magic, wonder, mythical lands and songs that will have your children asking Father Christmas for the soundtrack! It tells the tale of what happened in Oz before Dorothy arrived, from the perspective of the witches. The lead characters are unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda the good, whose friendship is tested through opposing personalities an a love interest rival. It’s a wonderful story for children, teaching them the value of kindness, whilst having everything you could ever wish for in a fairy tale. The cast features some talent from Incognito Artists who can also be found being the magnificent Singing Waiters when they are not wow-ing on the West End Stage.

Matilda (Cambridge Theatre)

This beloved Roald Dahl tale is a wonderful story that will capture the imaginations of adults and children alike. It tells the tale of young Matilda, a school girl with rotten parents and a very special power. With an ensemble cast full of talented youngsters, children and adults will marvel at the incredible production. With hilarious songs from Tim Minchin and incredible dance numbers, you’ll practically skip all the way home! A very inspirational tale for all.

Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace Theatre)

It’s been almost 10 years since Billy Elliot first hit the West End and it’s remained an incredibly popular show since. The story focuses on a young boy with a passion for ballet and a wonderful relationship with his kooky dance teacher. It’s a great show for really little children and teaches them to do what makes them happy, even in the face of adversity.
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Smashbox full exposure palette

This palette is absolutely gorgeous and everything you could ever need (in terms of eyeshadow...). The Smashbox full exposure palette has 14 must-have neutral shadows that are buttery and blend effortlessly. From a creamy matte beige to a chocolate brown with golden pearl, you can create whatever look you are going for. The shadows are perfectly pigmented, last all day and the pearl shades aren't too glittery so are wearable day to day. I have been reaching for this palette non stop since I've had it, wether it be to create a simple but defined daytime look or a more dramatic evening look. The palette also includes the double ended brush which makes applying the shadows an absolute breeze, the fluffy end blends the edges so nicely that it gives a professional finish in just a few seconds... easy peasy! You also get a bonus sample of the Full exposure mascara which is fantastic as well, it gives defined, long lashes and the coats are buildable to add volume if you want it. For the RRP of £37 I think it is amazing value for everything you get and of course the quality you are getting as well. This would make the perfect bridal palette if you are getting married and doing your own make-up.. I think I will be doing my own and I am definitely putting this palette on my wedding make-up list :)

What's your favourite palette?

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The Bow Boutique review & GIVEAWAY!

You may notice that Sienna wears a bow in her hair near enough every day now to hold her fringe back.. in fact she has been wearing The Bow Boutique bows from almost a year now; when she was younger with not much hair I went for the smaller bow clips and now we are on the bigger ones.
I always use The Bow Boutique as they are SO gorgeous, nicely packaged and they deliver really quickly. They'd make the perfect gift or even stocking filler as they come packaged in lovely little organza bags and a cute little tag. 

In the Summer I ordered Sienna a baby pink, yellow and white but for the Autumn/Winter we got some new darker colours. We got the Thea, Harriet, Anna, Peaches, Leah and Tory. It's such a good mix of colours and they got with most of her outfits. I adore the Navy one in Sienna's blonde hair, it just looks gorgeous! 

The Bow Boutique don't only do these clips, they also do the gorgeous headbands and also shabby chic flower clips. I have never got any headbands for Sienna as she isn't a fan of having things on her head..even her clips are a struggle to keep in some times! Although I think I will be purchasing some of the flower clips for Sienna's stocking, they're just too beautiful and she can never have enough ;) 

If you'd love to win £10 credit for The Bow Boutique, enter via the rafflecopter below! If you can't wait to see if you win before ordering, use the code 'sienna' for a 10% discount :)


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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Impromptu family date, fancy dress and fry ups!

On Friday, Sienna and I just had our usual day of doing the chores and playing. We were both really exhausted so it was nice to just chill out a little bit. I had actually done a beef stew in the slow cooker but when Warren got home we made the decision to go out, I just really fancied a little family dinner date! We ordered a sharer starter of chicken bites and onion rings with reggae reggae sauce and then I went for a Chicken tikka masala and Warren got a steak. Sienna had the kids lasagne not that she ate much of it! We skipped dessert in favour of Cadbury's ;)

Saturday was actually my brother's 21st birthday! We had a party for him which was fancy dress.. you had to go as something that began with the first letter of your name! I went for 'Kitten' as it was easy and Warren went as Where's Wolly haha! Sienna only came for about an hour as she gets so tired and she was actually a bit ill. She stayed at her Grandma's for the night so we could let our hair down.. I definitely took advantage and enjoyed my wine! 

It was such a fun night and I didn't get too drunk, woo! Although the tiredness kills me, we didn't get home until about 2:30 and it takes its toll on me, I must be getting old! haha! Sunday morning we had a bit of a lazy one since we didn't have Sienna and went for breakfast. We both got fry ups, whoops! It was really good though! After breakfast we went to pick Sienna up and when we got home Sienna and I both went for naps haha! We need our sleep or we are so grumpy, I'm sure Warren was glad we did hah! It was a good weekend but they just go so fast!

What did you get up too?

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Asda's wooden dolls pram

Asda recently started a small range of wooden toys and Sienna received the gorgeous wooden pram to try out. We are big fans of wooden toys as I think they not only look better but also last longer.

 The pram came flat packed in a box for me to put together, I'm going to admit I wasn't looking forward to putting it together but actually it went well! Everything was labelled clearly and correctly and I had all the parts. It didn't take me long to put together and I only needed a little help from Warren. 

The pram itself seems great quality, it's nice and sturdy which is great for heavy handed toddlers. It pushes well even on carpet and the handle is a good height for Sienna at 2 years old but also allows for a little bit of growing room. The pattern and style of it is just adorable and the floral print, polka dots, scalloped edging and cut out heart make it perfectly girly.  

Sienna loves it and I don't blame her! I would have loved one of these when I was younger for my dolls. For the RRP of £25 I think it is brilliant; a lot more affordable than many other wooden prams but the quality is near enough the same! It would make the perfect Christmas present for little girls :)

Do you love wooden toys? Have you tried anything from Asda's range?

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