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Steak On The Green – Ealing

March 20, 2019
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Steak on the Green is the place to go in Ealing if you are after an excellent quality steak meal. The restuarant prides it’s self on offering beef that is reared in the UK and aged on the bone for at least 28 days. We went to sample the menu last weekend and really enjoyed both the atmosphere of the restuarant and the quality of the food.

You will find Steak on the Green a short walk from Ealing Broadway Station, at 31 Haven Green, Ealing, W5 2NX.

Steak on the Green, Ealing

The inside of the restaurant reminded me of a traditional French brasserie and we were told by the waitress that the owner had brought many items over from France to create the right ambience.

I would recommend this restaurant as definitely the place to go for a date night. The tables are not too close together and I think you could have a really intimate evening out here. We also noticed that there is a wide range of wines to choose from, definitely enough to satisfy any wine connoisseur.

There is a tempting range of starters, we decided to go for the mushroom soup. Which was delicious and well presented. If you are a fan of oysters they serve fresh rock oysters.

The are a wide variety of steaks and cuts to suit all tastes and appetites. I decided to go with the rump and I wasn’t disappointed! The meat was tender and full of favour. I was also pleased as the Chef cooked it to my liking (I have been to other steak restaurants where I have particularly asked for my steak to be cooked medium/well and it hasn’t been). We were also given the most superior knives to cut our steaks and of course that really does make a difference!

If you would like an alternative to steak, then there are various chicken and fish options to choose from.

Moving on to deserts there were a number of choices. I went with the chocolate fondant and my Husband decided upon the crème brûlée. We didn’t really have room, but we couldn’t say no either!

Currently there isn’t a children’s menu available, however I am told that the owners are looking to introduce one. My Daughter ordered off the main menu and was happy with the burger and chips that she was served.

The Ealing Mummy’s Verdict

A stylish addition to the Ealing restaurant scene. Excellent standard of food and the service was friendly. Staff were especially knowledgeable at advising on which steak and cut to go for. Per head for a three coure meal you are looking at around £42 not including drinks. I am definitely looking at returning in the near future!

Disclaimer – (AD) I was gifted a family meal in return for a review. As always all views are my own and are an honest reflection of my experience.

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My Mood Stars – A learning aid & interactive toy that can help children express their feelings

March 11, 2019
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Today, I would like to introduce you to My Mood Stars these tactile cuddly little stars are an ingenious invention by Wendy Woo. She saw a need for children to be able to express their emotions particularly in young children or in children with special needs. As parents, carers and teachers well know when a child can not express truly how they feel, it can lead to anger, anxiety and frustration. Mood stars can allow a child to explore how they are feeling in a fun and simple way. They also allow children to gain an understanding of the emotions and feelings of others, which is something important for all children to learn.

Wendy Woo worked as a Nanny before having her own three children and later on she became a Registered Childminder, so she has a huge amount of knowledge of how children play and develop. Wendy explains in her own words what My Mood Stars are about.

“Encouraging emotional development was always a priority for me during my long career as an Early Years Practitioner, leading me to design and develop My Mood Stars.”

“My Mood Stars and the accompanying board started to gain attention from parents and carers of children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Some of these children have difficulty recognising and acknowledging facial expressions so My Mood Stars helped as a visual aid. I was delighted, not only had I made a really fun toy but an effective developmental resource that would actually help young children.”

My Daughter Amelia is six years old, despite having quite advanced language skills for her age, she still struggles at times to get across how she really feels. We played with the mood stars for a little while and it was interesting to hear her describe how she related to each of the star’s faces. Mood Stars are suitable for children of any age.

The Mood star set comes complete with:

A board that can be mounted on the wall and included the hooks and fittings to do so.

8 mood stars including, Shy Star, Sad Star, Scared Star, Happy Star, Angry Star, Surprised Star, Silly Star and Sleepy Star.

Plus the book, which is an excellent way to work through some of the emotions your child might be feeling. As you can see Amelia has both drawn a picture and written a comment about snoring.

The mood stars are small enough for little hands to hold and are made of a material that will simply attach and detach from the board. Moving and replacing the stars on the board is a game in it’s self.

I wish I had know about this wonderful education toy years ago when Amelia was younger, as I can see how they would have been invaluable in dealing with lots of the changes that small children go through such as: Mummy/Daddy going back to work, starting nursery or school for the first time, sleep issues and potty training.

Wendy has also developed some suggested games that could be used alongside the Mood Stars, a leaflet is included in the pack and you can also find out more over on her website. The game that stood out to me that was particularly helpful was “Today I Feel….”. This activity allows the child to take control of their emotions and express how they feel thought the day. In this game you use the board and stars as part of their morning routine, allow the child to choose which star they are feeling that day. If it is a negative star, the child will see this as a challenge to end the day with a postive star. If the child feels they are in complete control of their emotions, they will want to ‘win” the game.

Wendy has also published two books which are available to buy online via her website, Rat & His Amazing Musical Band, plus Rat Loses His Voice.  These stories have become firm favourites in early years settings such as childminders and nurseries and has been developed to encompass much of the UK Early Years Framework. Both both are priced individually at £10.00.

If you would like to buy your very own set of my Mood Stars you can head over to Wendy’s Website where the board and set of stars are priced at £24.99 and you can also purchase extra copies of My Mood Star book for £5.99.

Disclaimer – AD -This is a collaborative post with My Mood Stars, however as always all views are my own and are an honest reflection of my opinion of the product.

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The Perfect Sunday Roast – at W7 Emporium Sunday Pop Up Hanwell

March 7, 2019
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Sundays are made for a traditional Sunday Roast in my opinion, there is nothing like sitting down to a home cooked meal. These days it is hard to find a restaurant or a pub that serves a good quality roast. I have found in the past that either the vegetables are not freshly cooked or the quality of the meat is not up to scratch, so when I heard that Kerian Lee had set up a Sunday Roast Pop up at Emporium W7, I was really pleased and looking forward to trying it out. Kerian is a Chef with years of experience under his belt and is well known in the Ealing area. So last Sunday we met up with some friends to sample his menu. I think we have found the perfect Sunday Roast at the W7 Emporium Sunday Pop Up in Hanwell, let me tell you more!

W7 Emporium 60B Boston Road, Hanwell, London, W7 3TR

You will find W7 Emporium in Hanwell at 60B Boston Road, W7 3TR. By day it’s a coffee shop and also holds events in the evenings. You will pleased to know that they have a licence to serve alcohol, so you can have a nice glass of red with your roast beef!

The choices on the menu included, roast beef, chicken and pork. There was a vegetation option and fish if you prefer. Roasts come with a selection of root vegetables, seasonal greens, roast potatoes (the best I have had in ages, apart from the ones my Husband cooks!), Yorkshire pudding and gravy specially made to compliment each dish.

Image courtesy of Rebecca from Eat in Ealing

I went for the chicken and my Husband enjoyed the beef. I particularly liked the root vegetables, as they had been cooked with honey and thyme, which made them even more sweet and tasty.

As you can see from the photos you will not be leaving here hungry! The portion sizes were more than ample and we loved the fact there was a separate side order of cauliflower and broccoli with a  cheese sauce.

We just about had room for a pudding! The orange chocolate pudding with vanilla ice cream was simply delicious!

Image courtesy of Rebecca from Eat in Ealing

The Ealing Mummy’s Verdict – Home cooked traditional British food, served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The quality of both the meat and vegetables was excellent. The price worked out at around £14 per head for the main course. I can’t wait to go back for more!

Booking information – Contact Keiran 07395 292637 for bookings. The next Pop Up will be on Sunday 31st March, so perfect for Mothers Day! Or if you can’t make that Keiran will be back on Easter Sunday.

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Disclaimer – I was gifted a family meal in return for a review. As always all views are my own and are an honest reflection of my experience.

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Honest Burger Ealing – Eating Out With The Kids

March 4, 2019
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Honest Burger Ealing is slightly different to other burger restaurants, founders Phil Eeles and Tom Barton started Honest Burger back in 2010. They wanted to offer burgers made from high quality ingredients.  “British beef patties are made in our own butchery and homemade rosemary chips cut and cooked daily. Every restaurant serves local beers from neighbouring breweries, and many restaurants serve local burgers using ingredients from nearby food heroes.” I was really pleased to see that this restaurant uses cheese from local Cheddar Deli in Northfields Avenue and serves beers from Werid Beard Brew Co. I think it is brilliant to see a business like this supporting local small businesses in the Ealing area. If you are eating out with the kids in Ealing, I think you will find this restaurant to be child friendly. They have a kids menu, colouring to keep them occupied and if you arrive early evening the restaurant isn’t too busy. The staff we came across seemed to be used to welcoming children and were very accommodating. You must check out the chalk board at the back of the restaurant, you are encouraged to leave comments and let the staff know what you thought of the burgers!

I loved the relaxed dinning style at Honest Burger. The menu is simple and they offer a good value children’s menu. The mini burgers come with rosemary salted chips (you can request no salt if you like), and all cost £5.50 with any juice. Amelia really enjoyed her meal and polished off the lot! So it was a big thumbs up from her.

I love a Gin and Tonic, so I was really pleased to find Honest Burger’s homemade Gin & Tonic on the menu! Served with with Psychopomp, cucumber and dill favoured. It’s exclusive to Honest Burger and a really refreshing drink. They also serve a range of cocktails too, if you fancy something a bit different. Local craft beer is on the menu too, as is a range of ciders, wines and soft drink options too.

If you are looking for something a bit special you can’t go wrong with the Cheese Truck Burger – £12.50 or if you are really hungry you can double up for £3.50! Comprised of Honest beef, deep-fried smoked British mozzarella, Old Winchester cheese, chipotle jam, pickles and rocket with homemade rosemary chips. You better be quick if you want to sample this amazing taste sensation as it is only available until the 31st March 2019.

Another option would be to go with The Ealing Burger – £12.50 (only available in the Ealing branch), beef, bacon, Dambuster Cheddar, Dorset Red, mustard mayo, onion, rocket, tomato and pickles with chips. Brent from Cheddar Deli in Northfields Avenue helped the, to pair two British Cheddars – one sharp, one smoked for a punchy double cheese flavour.

If you are still hungry then there are also some yummy side dishes too, we particularly enjoyed the BBQ chicken wings served with chipotle BBQ sauce and spring onions – £5.00

The Ealing Mummy’s verdict – fresh juicy burgers, with hand cut chips served with a smile from the friendly staff. Comfortable seating and welcoming atmosphere (definitely child friendly). Great drinks menu and supporting local businesses too! What’s not to like? Already looking forward to our next visit!

You will find Honest Burger at – 53 New Broadway, Ealing, W5 5AH. They also have other West London branches in Chiswick, Hammersmith, Portobello, South Kensington and Bond Street, plus many branches around London and other branches in the South of England too.

Honest Burger – Ealing Broadway Branch

Disclaimer – I received a complimentary family meal in return for a review, however as ever all views are my own and they are an honest reflection of my experience.

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my review on Patri – Indian Street Food Restaurant in Northfields

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How to Choose a Focal Point in a Room

February 12, 2019
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If you’re looking to improve the décor in the home, one thing that can really help is to create a focal point in each room. The focal point in a room is basically the place your eyes are immediately drawn to when you walk in. They help to give the room a more balanced, stylish design and the great thing is, there’s lots of ways to go about creating one.

Here, we’ll look at how to choose a focal point in the room to enhance your space.

Make a focal point out of awkward areas

If your rooms have awkward areas, such as a wall which juts out, or small windows, it’s possible to improve them by making them a focal point. An awkward wall could be painted a bold colour, helping to draw your attention to it while adding a stylish effect. Small windows can also be given a bright makeover with the use of colourful blinds.

You could even turn a skylight into a focal point with colourful blackout skylight blinds from a company such as Swift Direct Blinds. By turning awkward areas into a focal point, it really helps to improve the room.

Using accessories as a focal point

You don’t need to spend a fortune to create a focal point in the room. Although typically, focal points tend to consist of large pieces of furniture or walls, you could potentially use accessories instead.

Artwork, mirrors and large floral arrangements can all work well as focal points. Even shelving can become a focal point when it’s arranged correctly. So, whatever your budget, you’ll always be able to stick to it when creating a focal point in the room.

Consider using wallpaper

Another unique idea is to use wallpaper to turn a large wall into a focal point. Most households tend to use paint to add colour to their walls. So, the use of wallpaper, which tends to have more of a textured finish, can be a great way to make the wall stand out. It’s also affordable too, making it an ideal choice for those on a budget.

Highlighting your focal point

Once you’ve chosen what your focal point is going to be, it’s time to highlight it. You can do this with lighting, plants, flowers and contrasting colours. If you’re turning a piece of artwork into a focal point for example, you can add a picture light either above or underneath it to really make it stand out.

The above are some of the best ways to choose a focal point for your room. Remember, it should typically be the first thing that stands out when you enter the room. It’s best to stick to just one focal point, though in larger rooms, 2-3 focal points can also work well.

Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post with Swift Direct Blinds.

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Carluccio’s Ealing – Local Italian Resturant & Deli

February 11, 2019
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Half Term is fast approaching, so it’s great to have some ideas for family friendly dining in Ealing. We love to eat out in West London and one of our firm favourites is Carluccio’s Ealing – local Italian Restaurant & Deli. It has been one of our go to places, ever since Amelia was born. Eating out with children can be stressful, as we all know especially if your child is making lots of noise or is not keen to sit at the table. I think as parents we have all been there! However, if you are in an environment that caters for children, then the whole experience is a lot more relaxed for everyone! The Ealing branch of Carluccio’s was refurbished last year and as you will see from my photos it certainly is stylish with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Carluccio’s Restuarant 5-6 The Green, Ealing, London, W5 5DA

Carluccio’s have recently re-vamped their children’s menu, which I have to say I now actually prefer, because there are more options. For £6.25 your child can have two courses including a drink and for £7.50 you can increase that to three courses. My Daughter is six years old and I would say the portion sizes are more than adequate for her appetite.

Carluccio’s New Kids Menu

Amelia is a budding restaurant critic too and has done a little write up here! She really enjoyed the new kid’s menu as you can see!

One of the choices of starter includes cucumber, carrots and celery sticks with a tomato sauce dip, children also get bread sticks too! A brilliant way to get one of their 5 a day!

The main course, along with the usual pasta options also includes: chicken or fish with vegetables, however Amelia when back to her favorite of pasta with a tomato sauce.

Carluccio’s has all the usual child friendly facilities that you would expect, such as baby changing facilities, highchairs and even child sized cutlery which make eating all that bit easier. Plus there is colouring and crayons to hand to keep them occupied. The other thing I like about this restaurant is that the tables are not too close together, so if you wanted to bring your pram then likelihood is there will be room nearby.

At the rear of the restaurant the tables can be set up for a larger family gathering or party. Just enquire at the restaurant and I’m sure they will be happy to help.

They have a wonderful selections of cakes and sweet treats, so you could also just come in for afternoon tea!

Plus, don’t forget if you are looking for a romantic Valentines Day meal than you better be quick to get booked in! From the 13th until the 16th February they are offering a special Valentine’s set menu three course for £22.95.

Carluccio’s have lovely selection of gifts available from their Deli and in-store shop. You will find ingredients to make your perfect romantic Italian evening at home also!

You can find your local Carluccio’s at: 5-6 The Green, Ealing, London, W5 5DA.

Disclaimer – I was offered a complimentary family meal in return for a review, however as all views are my own and they are an honest reflection of my experience.

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Patri – Indian Street Food Comes to Northfields Avenue, Ealing

January 18, 2019
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Patri is a brand new Indian Street Food Restaurant, which has recently opened on Northfields Avenue in Ealing. Founder, Puneet Wadhwhani (also founder and creative director of the independent street food chain, Chai Naasto), has created a never-before-seen menu bringing to life the snacks and dishes he once ate as a child growing up within a bicycle ride of New Delhi train station, and of those he remembers eating on board India’s great rail journeys.

We recently went to try out their extensive menu and found ourselves trying all sorts of wonderful dishes. My taste buds were on sensory overload and as their menu offers lots of vegetarian and vegan options, I was surprised to find some of the meat free dishes were actually my favourite!

Patri Restaurant – Northfields Avenue, Ealing

We were absolutely delighted to be served a wonderful selection of small plates to start off our meal. Ranging from Pani Puri Bombs, which were crispy wheat balls filled with chick peas, boiled potato and topped with tangy, hot, spicy and refreshing mint water.

We also tried the Chatpati Aloo Tikki Chaat, which was two stuffed spicy potato patties served on a bed of boiled chickpeas drizzled with lemon vinegar, onions, tomatoes and pomegranate, topped with tamarind and mint chutney.

If you are looking for something a bit different when it comes to drinks, Patri serve a huge range of craft beers, organic wines and soft drinks. We asked our waiter to suggest which drinks would best compliment our meals? He was happy to help with our selection. We enjoyed a lovely white wine and Amelia had an organic lemonade!

If you are wondering if this restaurant is kid friendly? I can tell you it definitely is! The waiter was happy to make suggestions from the menu that were not too spicy and more suited to a child’s tastebuds. There were definitely items on the menu that she could enjoy! We found the staff very accommodating for children and if you need to use the toilet facilities, you will even find a miniature toilet especially for kids and something else a bit special, but I will leave that for you to find out! Let’s just say I have only ever experienced toilet facilities of this high standard when I once visited Japan!

We particularly enjoyed the mixture of main dishes we ordered. I can highly recommend the Railway Mix Grill, which is more than plenty for two to share. It includes: half a tandoori chicken, one lamb seekh kebab and two paneer tikka’s. Amelia really loved this combination, so it’s perfect for kids.

There was no shortage of delicious dishes to try and my other recommendation would be the Murgh Makhani, which was a butter chicken on the bone, marinated and then cooked in a clay oven. It is gently cooked in buttery tomato cashew nut gravy topped with fenugreek honey and coriander.

At the end of our meal we were treated to a traditional Indian tea, which is something I haven’t tried before and have to say I did enjoy it!

If you would like to try some authentic Indian Street food? Patri is this place for you and your family. Be sure to book your table well in advance, as especially at weekends it is a very popular place! They also offer a take away menu if you would like to enjoy this amazing food at home.

Don’t forget you can also follow Patri on Social Media.

Facebook @Patri

Instagram @patrinorthfields

Disclaimer – I was given a complimentary meal in return for a review. As always all views are my own and are an honest reflection of my recent visit.

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Explore Learning – Brand New Tuition Centre Now Open in Ealing Broadway

January 11, 2019
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Explore Learning has opened a brand new tuition centre in Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre. They offer award-winning maths and English tuition for children aged 4 to 14 years old. If you are looking for your child to build their confidence and make progress with their learning in the New Year then Explore Learning could be the ideal place for them!

Perhaps your child is preparing to sit the 11 Plus or a local entrance exam? Then Explore Learning can build strong foundations, whilst developing their speed, accuracy and exam technique. Or maybe your child is struggling at school? If this is the case the tutors will be able to pinpoint where your child needs extra help and concentrate on that area. Even if your child is a high achiever Explore Learning can provide support, making sure they are challenged at the right level for their ability.

Explore Learning – Ealing Broadway

If you sign your child up before the 1st March 2019 you will save the £50 joining fee, so it is worth booking in for a free trial session soon. You will be able to meet the team and discuss your child’s needs. Both you and your child will be able to see the centre in action and experience how it works for yourselves!

Our Experience of Explore Learning

Amelia absolutely loves going to Explore Learning, she actually asks when is it time to go? I really like the relaxed and friendly environment and have always found the staff to be friendly and engaging. Children are taught to be “fearless learners” which from what I have seen encourages them to ask questions, show how they have worked out their answers and to not give up. The concept that I am really keen on is that they are rewarded through effort and not ability. This means if they complete all their learning outcomes for that session, they are given lizard cards (they can earn up to 4 cards at each session). These lizard cards are used like a currency. The children collect them and in turn can can be used to ‘buy’ items such stationary or small toy as a reward for their effort. You can see the prize wall below and the sort of things they can earn.

Once the children have completed their learning they get to go to Surf Club, this is place that they can relax, engage in play, read, colour and even play a board game with one of the staff members.

How does the monthly membership work?

Your child can attend the tuition centre once or twice a week for sessions lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

What are the opening hours?

Centre opening hours in Ealing during term time are:

Monday 15:00 – 20:00
Tuesday 15:00 – 20:00
Wednesday 15:00 – 20:00
Thursday 15:00 – 20:00
Friday 15:00 – 20:00
Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
Sunday 11:00 – 17:00
Bank Holidays 10:00 – 16:00
Opening times change when it is school holidays.

Do you have to book?

No, it’s really flexible, you just turn up at a time to suit you. They are open throughout the week, weekend and during school holidays.

What will my children learn?

Maths, problem solving English, reading, spelling and comprehension. This will be done via their own programme of work, which adapts to their own particular strengths and development needs.

How is the centre staffed?

The tutor to child ration is 1:6 and all of the centres are Ofsted registered.

Are there any other options to help pay the fees?

Childcare vouchers/Tax-Free Childcare, the childcare element of Working Tax Credits and the Childcare Grant for full-time students could enable you to save on your monthly membership. They also offer a fantastic scholarship scheme which gives a 50% discount to parents receiving Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance. What’s more, with their ‘Refer A Friend’ scheme members can reduce there monthly membership, simply by successfully introducing other members to Explore Learning.

You will find Explore Learning on the First Floor, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Ealing, London, W5 5JY There is plenty of parking available within the shopping centre. The centre is also only a short walk from Ealing Broadway Station. While Amelia is at the centre I usually do a spot of shopping or even have a bit of time out in one of the local coffee shops! For any enquires you can contact the centre on 020 7052 1968

Disclosure – I was gifted one month’s complimentary membership at Explore Learning in return for a review. As always all views are my own and are an honest reflection of our experience.

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Watermans – Local Theatre & Cinema for the holidays

December 28, 2018
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At a loss for things to do with the family after Christmas in Ealing? How about visiting your local Arts Centre Watermans? They have some wonderful family theatre and cinema for the Christmas holidays. Watermans is just down the road from Ealing in Brentford. Easily accessible from Ealing, a short bus ride on the number 65 or if you want to drive they have a car park too. We went to see their festive show, The Heart of Winter by Lyngo Theatre and my six year old sat for the full sixty minutes totally engrossed in this original story. She absolutely loved the special effects from the smoke machine, lighting and even the clever use of talcum powder!

Image credit: Anna Forlati

“Christmas is coming and Sally can’t sleep – it’s far too hot! The weather has gone topsy-turvy. No-one can remember the last time it snowed, or even rained, and her father can’t sell any of his umbrellas. To help her sleep Dad reads her a story about the last snowflake.

That night Sally has a dream that changes everything – a mysterious silver spark transforms her bedroom into a glistening, white field where she meets the glowing heart of Winter.

Watermans welcomes back Lyngo Theatre, who brought you the playfully comic Snow Play in 2016. Heart of Winter is their magical new musical show which warmly celebrates family, friendship and the good fortune of finding the winter we really need and want…with the precious festive offering of lots of fluffy snow!”

We really enjoyed this show, it had a magical quality. The story was simple enough for young children to grasp, but at the same time it had a message that adults could get something from it too. You still have time to catch a performance as it ends on the 30th December. Shows run both in the morning and the afternoon. Tickets can be booked online and to give you an idea of the price a family of four could see the show for £36.00, which I think is very reasonable.

Watermans also have plenty of family cinema showing in the coming weeks, including Mary Poppins Returns. Running from the 4th January until the 17th January. They also offer parent and baby screening, which means you get to enjoy a film without the worry that your baby might disturb others.

The Grinch is on now until the 3rd January and with all tickets priced at £5.00. It makes it a more affordable option than going to some of the more mainstream cinemas.

Plus don’t forget The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, which on now until the 3rd January.

Watermans Spring programme is out now, with lots of children’s shows suitable for different age ranges. Some of the highlights include: Three Sat Under The Bayan Tree, Mischief and Mystery in Moomen Valley and Snow White, Red Rose and Brown Bear. Have a look at the Watermans Website for all the details.

Watermans – Brentford, London

Disclaimer: we were gifted free tickets in return for a review. As always all views are my own and are an honest reflection of our visit.

 

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It’s that time of year where we all start to feel the pressure! There just seems so much to do and sometimes we just run from task to task and begin to forget that one of the most important things is to spend quality time with our families. This festive season I have teamed up with Clas Ohlson to give you my top tips for a merry stress free Christmas. I have never particularly been into home baking (it’s the mess that puts me off!), but I have decided to try my hand at baking gingerbread men from scratch and I have to say it was a really enjoyable experience!

I have put together some tips, that I think might help busy parents at this time of year:

Delegate – ask other members of your family or household to do some of the shopping for you. Remember you don’t need to do everything!

Preparation – try to get as much Christmas Dinner preparation done in the days before. That way you will be able to enjoy the day with your family.

Organise – write a list and check you have everything you need, so that includes all your gifts and everything you need for wrapping presents, the last thing you need to be doing is hitting the shops at the last minute when it is really busy.

Take time out – Make sure you take out some time for yourself to relax and do something you enjoy.

Clas Ohlson have a brilliant range of items for home baking, so I decided to take some time out from my busy schedule to make and decorate some gingerbread men with Amelia.

I used the following items:

Folklore Spatula Set – £4.99

Biscuit Cutters – £1.99

Mixing Bowl Set – £2.99

Measuring Cup & Spoon Set – £5.99

Cake Tins – 2 pack – £4.99

This gingerbread recipe can be found on the BBC Food Website. I found it was perfect to make with children, as it wasn’t too complicated.

Taking time out for this sort of activity was fun and really took me away from the stress of the festive period for an afternoon!

As you can see Amelia was very proud of the finished product!

Clas Ohlson have stores at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Kingston, Manchester, Reading, St Albans and Liverpool. Or of course you can shop online, plus they also offer a click and collect service.

At the moment they are offering free delivery (on orders over £10). Just make sure you order by midnight on December 20th for pre-Christmas delivery.

You will find a wide range of products in store and online, including: Christmas lights and decorations, gift wrapping, multimedia, leisure, electrical and even spare parts.

Clas Ohlson – Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre

Disclaimer – This is a paid collaboration with Clas Ohlson, as always all views and opinions are my own.

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