Horrible Histories : More Best of Barmy Britain Review

Two weeks back, we headed into London to the Garrick Theatre to watch Horrible Histories:More Best of Barmy Britain.

To be honest, the children were not too interested about going for it when I told them what we were going to see. They told me they didn’t want a history lesson during the summer holidays. Of course, being the good mum that I am, I insisted that learning during the holidays is important and got them out of the house to attend.

You see, I had read the reviews and the show looked like so much fun that I knew the kids would enjoy it. I wasn’t wrong. At the end of it, they asked why it was so short!

Here’s a little bit about the show –

Find out why the Romans were revolting! Could you survive the vicious Vikings? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Would you party with the Puritans? Clap along with crazy King Charles! Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Vomit with the vile Victorians and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War!

The cast included Ashley Bowden as Rex and Laura Dalfleish as Queen  – that’s all. And they were all the show needed. Quick costume changes, great stage presence and interaction with the young audience made them a bit hit with everyone in the audience.

The show was witty and hilarious and the children laughed their way through it.

It also did teach a little about the history of Britain – some things that I didn’t know of as well.

We came to know the history behind the way towns are named with this song –

“Chester and Leicester are Roman, Scarborough and Peterborough are Saxon, Derby and Grimsby are Viking, we know our way around!”

And a whole lot more, as the two actors took us down the ages in History.

My youngest, aged 6, may not have got some of the references but she enjoyed it all the same. Jadyn was familiar with a few of the names as they are periods in History that she studied about in the past year.

The show is presented by The Birmingham Stage Company and is written by Terry Dreary and Neal Foster.

We thoroughly enjoyed the show and my day was made when the kids told me how glad they were that I took them to see the show because they had a great time.

It’s one for the whole family and if you want more information or to book tickets visit – www.barmybritain.com

 

Summer Fun with Gel-A-Peel

Being summer, we all need a good pair of shades. Even if we need it just for a little while with the sun hiding most of the time. And when we can use Gel-A-Peel to make it even more trendy, it’s all the more fun.

We were sent a Gel-A-Peel Accessory Kit to decorate our very own sunglasses and the children loved doing this.

The pack includes three Gel-A-Peel tubes, five tips, sixteen design templates, two pieces of accessory hardware and cleaning tool! New colours include Glow In The Dark and Pearly Pastel.

The pack is aimed at children aged 8+ but I do think that children aged around 6 can also join in the fun under adult supervision.

If you don’t know how it works, the set comes with some templates and gels to make 3D designs. So, you can make bracelets, earrings and of course decorate anything you want.

Use the templates to draw on with the gel and let it dry. You need to let it dry completely before you wear it or use or they can break.

The set also comes with a tray that has alphabets and emojis and you can create these to add to your creations.

Once dry – the creations are quite sturdy and don’t break unless you tug them really hard. Please don’t if you want to be wearing your bracelet for a while.

 

These sets allow for creativity and they are great for children. They are perfect for keeping children busy during the summer especially when you can’t get out because of the weather.

This pack is priced at £14.99 and has been a big hit in our home. Gel-A-Peel is available at all major retailers.

Oonies from Character – Review

We are very thankful to get some lovely toys to review. Recently, we were sent Oonies and these were adorable.

The Oonies are little balloons that stick together and you can create all sorts of wonderful creatures or flowers.

They are super easy to make and so much fun.

The Oonies Starter Pack contains –

  • Oonies Inflator
  • 36 Oonies Pellets
  • 6 Oonies Connectors
  • 18 Oonies Deco Bits
  • 6 Display Connectors
  • 12 Oonie Eyes
  • Instructions

 

You first place your little mini pellet in the Oonies chamber, attach it to the inflator and then lock it using the locking lever. You should hear a click.

Use the pump to pump up the pellet as far as you want it. Use the indicator to decide how large you want it.

Release the Oonie and remove carefully always following the instructions.

You can then use the Oonies connectors to connect the Oonies and the deco bits to create all your wonderful creatures.

There are display connectors included that can be used to make you Oonies stand independently or to stick on a window or door or any other surface.

We made the chick and the elephant –

 

We found them easy to make and they were such fun to make too.

The only down side is that the Oonies didn’t last very long and by the next morning, they had deflated. I don’t know if we needed to attach them at the point where the opening is as this is something we didn’t do.

The starter pack is priced at £19.99 and is good value for money as you can make quite a few creatures. There are refill packs available too so once you buy the pack, you don’t need to worry about buying the inflator again.

Do be careful and read the instructions when using the product as it does does contain a needle. The inflator is designed so that the needle cannot be extended when the Oonies chamber is not on. However, do inspect the needle before giving the inflator to the child.

The Oonies from Character Online are simply adorable and so much fun to play with. Perfect for giving in to imagination and also to promote motor skills and following instructions.

They are targeted at children aged 4+.

 

My Nutmeg Clothing Wishlist

A while ago I was sent this amazing Mac from Nutmeg the clothing line from Morrisons. Now you must be knowing how big a fan of their clothing I am. I was so pleased to know that they had also launched their women’s line.

I think this Mac is perfect for the spring when we get those showers but looking at the weather lately, it’s perhaps suited for any sort of weather.

The Mac is of such good quality and is so well made that one wonders at how inexpensive it is.

Of course, Nutmeg updates it’s range ever so often so you may be disappointed at this not being in store now. But since I always find something I love in Nutmeg, I’ve put together a wish list of clothes I’d love to add to my wardrobe.

 

The lovely black top is priced at only £14 and can be dressed up for a night out with some gorgeous turquoise and silver jewellery or be dressed down for work.

It would go perfectly with the black trousers. RRP £18

Everyone needs a white shirt in their wardrobe and this one seems to fall so well. RRP14

Team the white shirt with the blue jeans and heels and you have the perfect casual night out clothes. The jeans are priced at £20

And last but not least – you can’t NOT have a biker jacket in your wardrobe. And at £35, why not?

There is a whole range of for women and children in the Morrisons stores so do go visit if you like the look of any of these outfits.