Last night we were entertained to the max, when Ethan, Megan and I had a wonderful night out to Hull New Theatre, where we saw the award-winning stage adaptation of David Walliams’ bestselling book “Gangsta Granny”! It was a fantastic play filled with lots of trumping, crime, mischief and laugh out loud jokes. We had sparkle, dancing, creative scene changes and a whole load of absolutely fantastic acting that kept us engrossed throughout!

It was most definitely worth some bedtime rebellion on a school night!

If you don’t know the hilarious and captivating tale of Gangsta Granny then where have you been?? It is brilliant and filled with some right good British humour! It follows the story of an 11-year-old boy “Ben”, who is doomed to spend Friday nights with his “boring old Gran” whilst his parents pursue their Strictly Come Dancing dreams. He dreads the games of scrabble, the array of cabbage inspired delicacies, but mostly though, it’s the thought of ending his week with a “boring” old lady that smells a bit funky!

But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and he soon discovers that Friday nights are about to get a whole lot more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny.

I loved the British humour throughout and each character was played incredibly well. It was a brilliant, family friendly evening and one of those performances where you really feel a part of it – right in there feeling the heart of the whole thing! It was so good to see such a favourite come alive in that way and share it with Ethan and Megs.

We all loved the props, the set, the dancing, jokes and persistent cabbage trumps! We loved the real life granny scooter – “bezzing” (yes I know that’s not a real word!) around the stage and the humorous antics of “Mr Parker” and Ben’s parents. We loved the cheeky character of his Granny and in between all of those laughs and action packed moments, we also loved how it captured our hearts to see the fun and beauty of a relationship grow between a boy and his Gran, when they finally found a shared passion and adventure!!

I would, without a doubt recommend this to everyone. It is so much fun to be a part of and thanks to the Birmingham Stage Company we can now cross “dance with the Queen” off our bucket lists after such a brilliant finale! But don’t take my word alone… I’m a “boring old(ish)” mummy! Here’s what my kids thought of it too – Ethan is 7 and Megan recently turned 6!

Ethans Review: 

“That was so so so funny! I really loved it and thought their acting was just so good – they were all really good and it was so cool how they looked like they were in the car and the water but not a real one! And I loved the stage – yes the stage was so magical because it had all hidden things that turned into stuff and it was marvellous how they did that.

I would give it 1,000 stars – it was really good!!”

Megan’s Review:

“I liked the trumping the best (*of course!) and the dancing cat and Queen were really funny! I didn’t know the Queen could do the floss but that was the real Queen and she can so I will be telling everyone that!

I’d say it was the best night, not becuase we stayed up late, not because I loved it like Ethan and laughed my head off too. I will tell all of my friends they have to see it because the trumps are sooooooooo funny and they have a dancing cat!”

If your kids find trumping Granny’s and trumping Queens funny and, if they like dancing cats and seeing the Queen do the floss, then the exciting tale of Ben’s “Gangsta Granny” with all of its secret plans and plots, is certainly not to be missed. It was a lot of fun and you will certainly not regret a night out to catch a piece of the action down at Hull New Theatre this weekend! Birmingham Stage Company have done a fabulous job of this well loved tale and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

Gangsta Granny is showing until Sunday the 8th July and tickets are on sale now from £15.50! Book at the Hull City Hall Box Office by calling 01482 300 306 or visit their website www.hulltheatres.co.uk.

*This was complimentary press visit in exchange for a review. 

 

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Sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine – how good for the soul this last weeks weather has been. I have loved it and feel excited that we have more ahead of us. This week has been nothing spectacular – our usual day to day routines and chores, but we did have a sneaky picnic on Tuesday for lunch which made it feel a little less ordinary.

I love that the kids school allow them to have home lunch, and so with the weather and this new info, I went and picked them up Tuesday and we had a mad hour on the park and eating a picnic lunch together before I returned them to school for the afternoon!

Grateful For 

This week I have been grateful for the sun, for living closer to the coast and for a date night to the cinema with Nath on Friday night. After a crazy week we went to see Ocean’s 8 and both really enjoyed the time together to be out alone together and the film itself – we kinda like those heist type films!

Succeeded At 

I succeeded at getting Alice some new shoes (she is already VERY fussy) and finishing off our dining table – I painted it and added a colourful table cover as it felt to plain for me! I am pleased with how it looks.

Found beauty In 

The kids chatting to Poppy at her grave and loving her new memorial stone. The beautiful countryside as I walked to soft play and back this week. And the beautiful blue sea as we went to the coast Friday and Saturday evening! I took the kids on their bikes on the train – we were supposed to go swimming but as the adult to kid ratio wasn’t on point, we instead had a walk/bike ride along the prom, played pirate golf and then went to grandma’s house! It was such a lovely evening with my kids and they were super well behaved. I loved being out and about with them and having fun together!

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June has been such a busy month for us with family birthdays/parties, DIY, the world cup, Fathers day and more job interviews for Mr Smith! It marked a whole year since we moved from Leeds to East Yorkshire and it saw me finishing off my portfolio and completing on my Level 3 in counselling skills. We finally got Poppy’s headstone on her grave and celebrated our not so little Megsie turning 6! How much has happened in these last 12 months – I can’t believe what June has held for us this year.

By the time we reached the last day of June yesterday, I suddenly realised we had no pics of us all together from the month of June (blogger fail!) which I thought was kinda crazy really because when I think back on all of the moments we have shared this month together, I am really surprised that we never took the opportunity to snap a few shots of us all enjoying them! However yesterday evening we ended the month on a high with some family time at the coast and these pictures were taken yesterday evening before we headed home (nothing like some last minute selfies)! It was a great end to the month and some ordinary moments I needed.

After a morning of DIY and shopping for home stuff, it was lovely to be able to nip to the coast and go swimming together at the leisure centre there (with splash pool and slides). We had so much fun together going wild and letting loose! We all felt grateful to live so close to the coast now and realised that it is in these moments that we feel grateful to have moved here. Some weeks have been hard and, even though elements of it have been and are still difficult, overlooking the blue seas and seeing out to the cliffs of Flamborough are just lovely and enriching to our souls. They make me thankful for where we live and make it all feel worth it.

After a couple of hours of crazy splashes and sliding at swimming, we walked along the harbour and watched the seagulls and boats, had chips for tea and enjoyed some sneaky doughnuts! For those few hours together we escaped normal life and lived life in the way we wish we did more so! It was such a gorgeous evening and made my heart full – it briefly felt as though we were on holiday and that was just lovely!

It was so great to be together and embrace Summer, but it was also great to be reminded of how much we need to spend more time like this together as a family doing these simple fun things. And how much joy we have when we are out with each other.

I am so grateful for our little family and blessed to have each one of them. Life has been heavy, crazy and hard some weeks too, but I look into their little faces and see their smiles and I know all will be okay. I daydream of more days filled with adventures and joy together, that light feeling of simply living the life we want, and I know that in time we can make them our reality.

With only a couple more weeks left of school, we are all really excited to be so close to the Summer holidays now and have loved all of this sun we have been having recently. It has been a real glimpse of the long summer days that await when school is out and that is such an exciting prospect. We are looking forward to more trips, adventures, sports day and school fetes! We are excited for our adventures to really begin, to celebrate Alice turning 2 and to complete a few more DIY jobs!

July we are excited for you and all you will bring us this month – lets keep the sun shining, the ice creams flowing and let’s create more beautiful family moments!

In June we are grateful for

Megan in our Family
Poppy’s beautiful headstone
Sunshine (lots of sunshine)
Ice cream Friday’s at school with our friends/neighbours
A picnic lunch outside of school
Swimming yesterday at the coast
Mummy Finishing her course
Ethan going up another reading level
Alice going down the slides herself at swimming (she’s nuts)
World cup fever!

 

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This Summer I am more than a little skint and so haven’t really had the opportunity to do some major SALE shopping as I would have hoped to. I usually look forward to getting a few new tops and dresses around this time of year to update my wardrobe for Summer and enjoy sale shopping. As I don’t have much surplus cash to spend on these items and because I don’t technically “need” anything, I am trying my best to resist the temptation to check out the ZARA sale (that would most likely be dangerous territory)!!

I couldn’t however hold back from my second fave shop and consequently had a little snoop around H&M last week where I found myself a top and Alice a few 2-3 extras. I have found that from almost all of the shops local to us in Beverley (H&M, Topshop, DP and RI) there are some really great bargains to be had. Here in this post I shall share with you the few things I did end up buying, that were both lovely and very cheap, and that would update mine and Alices wardrobe for Summer!

Sainsbury’s

Sainsburys was my first SALE shopping snoop. A couple of weeks ago in Manchester on our way back from the Bryan Adams concert, I eyeballed it for my orange mules I wanted in the 25% off they had. I also looked in the sale section and found myself a lovely peachy, tie blouse with embroidered flowers – it was £18 and 1/2 price in the sale – a bargain yes, but even more so because it had the extra 25% off! I love it with shorts and skinny jeans!

ASDA

Supermarkets stock some lovely things that turn out to be complete bargs during sale season, so again I had to have a quick look in George when I was in ASDA 2 weeks ago. I bought Alice some Summer pumps for £3. Unfortunately we now have one missing and I have to go buy her a pair of sandals today!

But for £3, they were good whilst we had them. I am hopeful the other shoe will turn up soon!

H&M

By far my weakest spot, I simply love H&M for me and the kids! In this sale I got myself a gorgeous orange Tshirt with ruffle bottom – it was £8.99 to £4 and a Jumper out of the Mens section for £6 from £29.99 I believe it originally was.

I love the top and already have it in black which I bought in the January sales for £3 – I find it super comfy, versatile and a little fancy! The jumper is great because with it being a mens it is longer and the arms are really long… I bought a small and think it will be fab for not only Autumn/Winter with my jeans, but for cooler nights on the beach and hanging out when we go camping. Its ace to throw on over my jeans/shorts and Ts!

For Alice I bought her a pack of long sleeve tops – 1 Black, 1 White – they were down to £2! I also bought her a lovely little blue pinafore for her birthday, complete with white TShirt under. It was a lovely bargain at £4.

River Island

I rarely shop in River Island, but discovered a few bargains today in their Sale. I got myself a long, multi fabric Tshirt with frill detail for £4 from £24 and also a yellow tie waist blouse for £2!! I had my eye on a chunky cardi that was £30 down to £6 but I don’t think that beige really suits me!

In the kids section the deals continued with kids pumps and boots as low as £6 and I almost bought Alice some glitzy pumps, but sadly she threw a hissy fit when I put them anywhere near her! Instead we went for a summery little play suit that was £4 from £10!

I am really impressed with this seasons sales. There are some huge savings around if you are willing to have a little rummage and, whilst we don’t have a huge amount to spend in them, I am really please with my 4 new tops, jumper and the little outfits I got for Alice! I didn’t do half bad and Mr Smith barely noticed the expenditure 😉 Its a winner!

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