Monday, 1 February 2016

Shrek The Musical at The Lowry

Shrek The Musical takes ‘ogre’ The Lowry this Month, starring talented locals; Lancashire-born Dean Chisnall and Bronté Barbé from Macclesfield as Shrek and Fiona. 

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek The Musical joins unlikely hero Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love -sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!

Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem ‘I’m a Believer’, Shrek The Musical brings all the much–loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.

Starting, tomorrow, 2nd February, the monster hit Shrek The Musical begins the last stop on it's triumphant first UK and Ireland tour at The Lowry, starring North West talent, from Tue 2                   February - Sat 20 February 2016.

    Shrek The Musical stars Dean Chisnall as beloved swamp-dwelling ogre Shrek. Dean played the         role of Shrek in the West End and also starred as Gary Barlow in the musical Never Forget at the         Savoy and on tour.
    Damsel in distress, Princess Fiona, will be played by Bronté Barbé from Macclesfield in Cheshire.     You may remember Bronté from when she was selected as one of the final 10 in Andrew Lloyd           Webber’s search for ‘Dorothy’ in the 2010 BBC 1 reality TV show Over the Rainbow. Bronté             previously played the role of Little Red Riding Hood in Shrek The Musical, before being promoted     to the lead role of Princess Fiona.

    Dean and Bronté join continuing cast members Idriss Kargbo, as Shrek’s wisecracking sidekick           Donkey, and Gerard Carey as pint-sized villain Lord Farquaad.

    Shrek The Musical is directed by Nigel Harman. Nigel makes his directing debut with the UK and       Ireland Tour of Shrek The Musical but is widely known as an actor in theatre, film and television.       Nigel began his work with Shrek playing Lord Farquaad in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane                   production of the musical. For this role Nigel won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting     Performance in a Musical and Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a                   Musical. Nigel is well known for having played the role of Dennis Rickman in BBC’s EastEnders       from 2003 to 2005. 

Check out the video below for a sneak peek of what the Lowry will be offering audiences this month...

The hit show runs from Tue 2 February - Sat 20 February 2016 at The Lowry Theatre, Salford. Family tickets for two adults and two children start from just 

We can't wait to see the show on Wednesday and we'll be back here to tell you all about it later in the week!

Friday, 27 November 2015

My Top picks of the 'Real' Black Friday Deals

It's been a bit quiet around here recently, some health issues caused me to to need some offline time and then it was difficult to make the return but what better time than the day of bargains it'self, Black Friday?

I know there will be many of you that have already stopped reading as you're so fed up of all the 'Black Friday american nonsense. I've seen an image shared a lot this morning stating, 

'It's only a bargain if you really need it.' 

I completely agree. There are many retailers out there that are using the Black Friday chaos and confusion to  blightsight you in to thinking that their old stock is worth buying at discounted prices. That's not the case with everyone though, there are plenty of genuinely good deals out there if you know where to look, and let's face it at this time of year every penny counts!

I've seen some really enticing offers land in my inbox today and i'm pleased to say that apart from a couple of gifts that were all ready on my shopping list I've managed to resist temptation so far (there's still a good few hours to go though!)

Here's my top real deals this Black Friday

Kids Clothing 

We all like to treat out little ones to a new outfit for Christmas Day and I've noticed some of my favourite brands are running fabulous promotions on their childrens clothing range!

Frugi have 25% off all their Autumn Winter range and you can save an extra £10 when you use the code CHIMNEY too!

F4G have 50% off everything on their website until Monday, bith my children have their Christmas party clothes from here this year and I love their latest range!

Toys and Tech

Amazon have some really amazing toys and tech at great prizes this year but they are each on for a limited time and are selling fast so be quick! We ordered the Kids edition Fire tablet this morning for just £69.99 saving £30! This has been on my daughter's Christmas list so I'm really pleased with the saving!

Pampering Gifts

The Body Shop is always a popular choice for gifts for friends and family and they have 40% off everything today with free delivery over a fiver too!


Books always make a good Christmas gift, for both Children and grown ups alike, who doesn't love curling up with a good story?! The Book People not only have a fantastic Sale on with some fantastic offers, they also have an extra 10%  off when you use the code FRIDAY10.

Happy Shopping!

Do let me know what bargains you find! 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Find out what your car's name should be...

Does your car have a name?

The Co-operative Insurance have a fun 'Name your Ride' tool that will help you to find your car's true name!

Our car was chosen with our family in mind, it's certainly not the supercar of my husband's day dreams but for us it is ideal. A Citroën Xsara Picasso, we chose for it's low insurance band, spacious boot and space for 3 car seats together in the back. I have to admit that the gorgeous turquoise colour may have influenced my decision too!

I don't personally drive, yet our family car is an essential member of our brood, without it we wouldn't be able to go on most of amazing adventures that we share here. I'm seriously impressed with how much camping gear we can fit in the boot and how comfortable it is for the long drive down to Cornwall we make for our holidays.

Although I use public transport on a daily basis and am happy to get the bus, train or tram when I can, without our car at the weekends. we would really loose our freedom and my husband's long commute would keep him out of the house past our children's bedtime.

I've got to admit that despite it being such a valued member of our family, I've never really thought about giving it a name before now, but why shouldn't it have a name? We're not adverse to naming other inanimate objects in our house from, teddies to cameras, computers and even suitcases, so why not out car?

The Co-Op's interactive tool determines that our Picasso should be called Marion...

I'm not sure if it's the name I would have chosen, but I'll certainly try it out and see if it fits.

Why not try out the tool for yourself and let me know what name it chooses for your motor!

This is a collaborative post.

Monday, 9 November 2015

How we spend the Bedtime Hour... #milkdrinkersmilk

cravendale milk in a masons jar

To many, the bedtime hour is about routine, it's quiet time for your children to wind down, to have baths, stories and be ready to drift off to sleep. 

For me it's so much more. 

As a parent who works full time, for me the hour before my children's bedtime is the most precious hour of the day, it is the only part of the day I get to spend with them during the week. It's the time I get to chat to them about their day, listen to them giggle while they tell jokes, share stories and watch them grow in to the beautiful, kind little people they are becoming. 

The bedtime hour - frugi camping onesie

Unlike many families we don't have a strict bedtime routine, we have a set bedtime and of course before that the children have washes, brush their teeth and get their pyjamas on, but we try to do this as quickly as possible to make the most of our time together. I like to let the my eight and four year olds lead the way for this time we have together. Some days we will play a quick board game or do a jigsaw, others we will read together and some times we'll just chat and giggle while enjoying a glass of refreshing Cravendale milk and a slice of toast or brioche for supper!


girl drinking milk

While we work, the children attend breakfast club and after school club which means that during the week we aren't at home during the day, and we only have breakfast together at weekends. As we are out of the house for most of the week Cravendale is the ideal milk for us, because it's filtered, it stays fresher for longer and once opened will last for up to seven days in the fridge, meaning that we can enjoy a delicious fresh glass of milk together any night of the week without worry. 

milk and toast supper in a masons jar

I'd love to know how you spend your bedtime hour? Do you have a routine or let your children lead it?

This post is an entry for BritMums #MilkDrinkersMilk Linky Challenge, sponsored by Cravendale