Welcome to #mamamondays – The Gruffalo Live, Christmas in July & Camp Bestival (again!)

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I have been posting #mamamondays for a few months now and I always try to include anything that is making us happy – and hopefully you – even though it’s a Monday. And, I have to say it really making me try to make the most of this often ‘blue‘ day

It has been anything from what we’re doing or planning to what we’re eating, watching or reading. I’ve even included items I’m lusting after or buying or anything else that inspires me to make Mondays – and the rest of the week if need be – just a little more bearable.

I really hope that #mamamondays is inspiring you to make the most of this fresh start we get every week



WATCHING

Miss M and I are big fans of Julia Donaldson. We have almost all of her books, the audio books, activity books and
now a collection of show guides.

If you’ve been hiding under a mountain of
washing you may not have realised that most of her stories have been made into ‘all singing and dancing’ shows perfect for toddlers and even adults.

We recently added the Gruffalo to our list
of ‘Julia Donaldson shows‘ we’ve seen. Our first experience was last summer when
we made a last minute decision to watch What the Ladybird Heard – Miss M was nearly two
and I was worried she might not sit still for the 55 minute show.

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How wrong was I? Not only did she sit still – she didn’t say a word either. Since then we have seen Stickman (just before Christmas and the perfect time to see this one I think). And, recently at Camp Bestival we
caught a special performance of The Scarecrows Wedding.

But, back to the Gruffalo. I actually didn’t realise that it had been running since 2001 – now that just proves the timeless nature of the story. This wasn’t always one of our favourite books – but it has grown on Miss M as she’s got a little older. 

We managed to go to a family screening of the Gruffalo Live a few weeks back and it’s brilliant. Seeing it on stage has really sparked Miss M’s interest again – as we’ve been reading it a lot since the show! It’s a real laugh out loud show (even for the grown-ups), well acted and fantastic set too .

It’s even a little jumpy in places which the little one seem to love. The costumes are are worthy of a mention too they are fantastic- and I love how the cast is just 3 people and they move from one character to the next so seamlessly with a flip of a coat or by adding an accessory. The snake was my favourite character!

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If you think there’s no such thing as Gruffalo…. then you’re wrong! As it on until September 6th at The Lyric Theatre, London and then moves around the country. 

See more information and book tickets here



PREVIEWING


If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed my feed has gone a little festive. Yes, its Christmas in July (and August it now seems!)

Christmas in July is when journalists, stylists and bloggers get a preview of whats going to be around at Chritsmas (read my post here) – and more often than not it beautifully sunny outside and not like this at all…

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Boden Christmas Preview 2015

I will be sharing my favourite pieces over the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled. And, get a head start on next season’s shopping!

TRAVELLING

As you’re reading this we’ll be heading back from our weekend at Camp Bestival (lets hope we don’t get stuck in holiday traffic!) in Lulworth Castle, Dorset. 

Full post coming soon…

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