Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Shrek The Musical on DVD & Blu Ray - A Hit with Five !

Th entire family LOVE the Shrek films, so when we were asked would we like to review the musical which has just been released on dvd and Blu Ray, I knew the children would love to.
Xene is currently studying GCSE drama, and has recently been to London to watch War Horse, she came back and was raving about the performance, so this got her interest straight away.

Xene,Lochlan, Neva, Kaide and Eowyn all sat and watched Shrek the Musical from start to finish, without a peep, which is usually the sign of something good in our house.

Much laughter could be heard throughout the musical, when asked what it was they liked about it, they all gave different answers.

Xene was fascinated by the lighting, staging and costumes,which is one of her possible career options, the whole making and designing of the clothing.

Lochlan was very taken with the different characters, especially Donkey. 

Kaide thought the Gingerbread Man was hilarious.

Neva loved Fiona and the wedding scene.

Eowyn raved about Pinocchio's nose!

If you have a Shrek fan in your house, or a lover of musicals then the children and I would definitely recommend that you put this on your Christmas List, it is a great family film, and perfect, if like us, you are nowhere near a Shrek The Musical Tour Date and place.


“The best musical for younger audiences since The Lion King!”  Time Out NY

The greatest fairy tale never told comes to life as never before in DreamWorks’ Shrek The Musical, the highly acclaimed Broadway production based on the smash-hit movie. Now you can bring the magic home this Christmas and get the best seat in the house.
Featuring a fantastic score of 17 all-new songs, Shrek The Musical was filmed live on stage with 10 cameras and directed by Michael Warren who flawlessly captured the magic of a Broadway performance starring an amazing celebrated cast including Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek), Sutton Foster (Fiona), Daniel Breaker (Donkey), Christopher Sieber (Lord Farquaad), and John Tartaglia (Pinocchio).
Fans can join in on the performance with sing along Shrek-tastic songs on the Deluxe Edition Blu-ray™ which goes even deeper into the fairytale’s journey, taking viewers behind-the-scenes to see how the show became a smash hit.
Shrek The Musical tells the story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim the deed to his land. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon, rescues a feisty princess and learns that real friendship and true love aren’t only found in fairy tales. 
The musical is based on the story and characters from William Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film and features a book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize® winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Olivier Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, and is directed by Tony Award® nominee Jason MooreShrek The Musical is produced by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd.
Shrek The Musical received eight 2009 Tony Award® nominations including Best Musical, winning Best Costume Design of a Musical (Tim Hatley) and received a Grammy Award® nomination for Best Musical Show Album.  So sit down and let Shrek and his pals transport you to a magical land far, far away, when Shrek The Musical stomps to Blu-ray, Digital HD™ and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

·         From Swamp to Stage: the Making of Shrek the Musical - Follow the cast and crew of Shrek the Musical as they take you behind the scenes and show you what it really takes to make a Broadway show come to life!
·         Songbook with Sing-Along  - Kids and adults alike can pick their favourite song and sing along, as seven songs from the musical will have their lyrics appear on the bottom of the screen as you watch the actual musical performance on screen. You can play all of the tunes uninterrupted or choose to randomize the musical experience with the “shuffle mode.”

·         Songbook with Sing-Along  - Kids and adults alike can pick their favourite song and sing along, as seven songs from the musical will have their lyrics appear on the bottom of the screen as you watch the actual musical performance on screen. You can play all of the tunes uninterrupted or choose to randomize the musical experience with the “shuffle mode.”

Spy Net Ultra Vision Goggles -The perfect gift for any young James Bond

Service, no mission will be impossible with the Spy Net™ range!   The ultimate in cool spy technology, Spy Net™ offers a range of fully-functional gadgets that James Bond would be proud of!

Spy Net™ takes high end electronics and interactive gadgets and puts them in the hands and imaginations of burgeoning young secret agents! Its’ amazing range of equipment provides everything a budding spy needs to protect his base and secret codes. 

Spy Net™ Ultravision Binoculars RRP £49.99

5 amazing vision modes for the ultimate in spy surveillance! Award-winning Night Vision of up to 15 metres, record video & photos, day time surveillance, Thermo Tech for thermal vision and Ghost Recon to capture shadow agents.

Agents can easily & safely upload their files via the included USB connection to to analyse their evidence with the lie detector software, conduct video and audio analysis, crack secret codes, train for missions with mini games and more! 

When we were asked if the boys would like to have a little try of the goggles,we jumped at the chance, they sounded pretty cool, and I am pleased to say they certainly lived up to our expectations, in fact they were quite simply AMAZING !

Not only did the boys love them, but the girls were also queuing up to put them through their paces, after Asa had tested them out first.

The day that the goggles arrived, we also had some more new arrivals in the form of five little chick bundles!! One of our little chickens had gone missing and we feared Mr Fox may have gotten her, but that was not the case, in fact she had hidden herself in the undergrowth down the side of  the house and proceeded to hatch her own little family....

At first we couldn't make out if there were any chicks and if so how many, cue night vision on the goggles, which confirmed that we did indeed have bundles of fluff, five in total.

They are also perfect for checking that all of the big chickens are safely tucked up in bed at night, especially the black ones which are particularly hard to find in the dark !

As you can see all of the children have been having great fun, I sense there are many more spy missions to be had in our garden!
The heat detection is pretty outstanding and although when I first saw the price I thought it was quite high for just a pair of spy goggles, until I actually saw them, and then I changed my mind, they are certainly worth the money.

I found Lochlan with them reading under his duvet the other night.

They would make a fabulous christmas present for any boy or girl aged 7 upwards I would say, although Eowyn found them fascinating at aged 5.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Word Art Review and Giveaway

As you all know, the names of my children don't fall into any `normal' category whatsoever. They can never find anything personalised, so I am always on the lookout for products that I can have personalised.
When I was given the opportunity to have a Word Art Print done, I knew exactly what I wanted on it...

I have to say this was one of the easiest processes for a review ever.
The lovely Steph at Lola Loves Photography gave me some simple instructions.

Pick a shape, anything I wanted - anything from countries to campervans.
Then choose colours
and finally up to 20 words I would like to include.

It was not an easy choice, so I had a sneaky peek at her facebook page and decided on a Family Tree.
I chose greens with some red hearts to look like Apples.
The words were simple, all nine names, family,love, together and forever.

Within two days I was sent a preview, which was perfect, and a couple more days and my print arrived, here it is....
I LOVE it!

The print is a 10 x 8 and very reasonably priced at £7 + £2 post and packing, which will make a fantastic christmas gift for anyone.
The last order date for Christmas is 16th December.

Steph has kindly agreed to give one lucky person their very own print as a gift. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is pop over and like the facebook page, maybe take a look at the Prints already done to give you some inspiration then comment below with the shape and words you would have on your print.
Closing date : 9th December
Good Luck

Aldi will keep you snug in the snow

With the country set for winter to begin, snow is forecast in certain parts of the UK starting tomorrow, so if you haven't got kitted out yet, do not fear I have the solution.

The start of the ski season is upon us and whilst savvy skiers can pick up last minute flights to Aspen and a cut-price chalet in Whistler, it can be difficult to find quality gear at an accessible price.  

Aldi is coming to the rescue with its own range of quality ski gear suitable for first timers, occasional skiers and seasoned snow junkies - all at great value prices. With everything from the latest gadgets, underlayers and footwear to helmets, salopettes and snowsuits for the kids – Aldi has everything families need to enjoy the slopes. 

But the gear is not just for the skiers amongst us, if the weather is going to be as bad as its predicted (I don't believe it until I see it, but it can't hurt to be prepared.)

 These rather funky looking ski jackets are only £19.99
The adult winter boots are £15.99 per pair. Asa bought some of these last year and they are amazing, he had the warmest feet out of all of us!

But its not just for adults, there are lots of items for the children too, Tyrus has been sent a pair of these snuggly winter boots, a bargain at just £8.99. They are so fluffy inside I considered wearing them on my hands as gloves!!

And even the smaller children aren't forgotten, the infant snowsuits will definitely keep the youngest members of the family toastie warm. At £9.99 and ages 3 moths to 3 years, every little person will have a blast in the snow, knowing they won't ever get cold.

But my complete favourite of all the fantastic products available are these....

Audio Earmuffs. My three eldest children seem to have their mp3 players in their ears permanently, now they can do it, but have warm ears too.
These fabulous earmuffs cost £6.99 and I shall definitely be popping down tomorrow to try and grab some, before they all go.

All of the Ski Wear will be in the Aldi stores from Thursday 5th December, but be quick as they are special buys and once they have gone, there will be no more....