Friday, 27 March 2015

Mr Tumble is coming to town!!

I first became aware of Justin Fletcher when when Becky was tiny about 10 years ago. Back in the day when he used to present Tikkabilla.....Ellie came along and she became a fan too....She loves Mr Tumble.....There is something about him isn't there?!....

Anyway next month Justin is bringing his fun‑filled show Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus to an arena near you!! 


Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus will bring you all the thrills and excitement of the big top in a spectacular arena show.....There will be singing, dancing and fun filled surprises for all the family.....

Joining Justin for this new show will be the fantastic Mr Tumble along with many more characters from the CBeebies programmes Gigglebiz and Something Special. I personally can't wait to see Robert The Robot and Andy Day the CBeebies presenter....

The tour starts in Cardiff on the 1st of April and visits Wembley, Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and ends on 14th of April in Manchester....

We will be traveling to Newcastle to see the show and I can't wait....I don't know who's more excited. Me or the kids....hehehe

You can find more information about the show and ticket prices via the CBeebies Live! website....

Planning.....

This week my Word of the Week is....

 We have had quite a busy week....Decorating Easter eggs....Becky has a business week at school where she was off timetable for 2 days and mixed with the Year 8 & 9's....She also went to another school disco where she had lots of fun...

Before the holidays officially start I have the Easter fair at the school to help with....The joys of being on the PTA....It has taken a lot of planning but it seems like it's going to go well...I was amazed at the amount of things people donated for the tombola and the raffles....Lots of money will be raised I hope!!

Becky has a little homework project to do over the holidays....She has to read a book....Any book as long as it's over 100 pages. Write a review of each chapter, make a poster advertising it and a few other things....Ellie is trying to convince her to write about Charlotte's Web which she has been reading at school....lol but Becky wanted to do a Harry Potter book but then realised how much work would be involved....I think if she doesn't hurry up and decide on a book I will choose for her....hehehe

Tomorrow we are off to Newcastle Film and Comic Con which we are all so excited about....There's stars from TV, Film and Comics....Lots of geeky Sci-Fi stuff and I know I'm going to take hundreds of photos! I'm determined to get one or two of Kit the car off Knight Rider and the DeLorean off Back to the future....I will be sneaking off to hear a couple of Wrestlers do a talk and I think Stu will be wanting to see the Game of Thrones talk....Eek! So excited!! I have been planning everything....The time we'll leave, what bus we'll get, where' we'll eat....Everything! So there will no doubt be some irate tweets from me on Saturday when something doesn't go to plan....lol

I have planned a few days out with the kids during the holidays....I'm hoping for some nice weather but have some things planned to do in the house too in case it isn't too good.....Stu is off work next week so it should be fun....I know the kids will enjoy having him home everyday.

The Reading Residence

Thursday, 26 March 2015

My Easter Egg Picks....

We've been eating Easter eggs for a few weeks now....lol I think chocolate always tastes better in egg form doesn't it....Everywhere I look lately I have been seeing Easter Eggs...



Woodland friends Ollie the owl - £5.00 - Waitrose
Easter Milk Chocolate Collection - £18.75 - Green and Black's


James Chocolates Large Pig Easter Egg - £15.00 - John Lewis
Lindor Shell Egg - £10.99 - Lindt
You Crack Me Up Extra Thick Easter Egg - £27.00 - Hotel Chocolat


Large Chocolate Easter Egg Decorating Kit - £19.90 - Not on The High Street
Pink Champagne truffles Easter egg - £16.95 - Chocolate Trading Company

Do you buy Easter Eggs?

Heels 4 Hearts!!

Every year more than 30,000 people in UK have an out of hospital cardiac arrest. 80% of the time happening in people’s homes....

When the heart stops beating, the chances of survival are greatly reduced with every minute that passes. However, effective and immediate CPR can help double the chance of survival in some cases.

In the UK less than 1 in 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest however in Norway, where CPR is taught in secondary schools, the survival figure is as high as 1 in 4. 

Good Morning Britain launched Heels 4 Hearts a campaign to help give every secondary school pupil in the UK the opportunity to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). 


They are appealing to the public to donate unwanted and wearable shoes to British Heart Foundation shops this week which will then go towards funding CPR training kits in secondary schools and sixth form colleges across the UK.

People can donate shoes, they can be any colour and any size (they don’t have to be heels, they can be male shoes, female shoes, children’s shoes or even sports shoes from the 23rd to 28th March to one of over 700 British Heart foundation shops across the UK....

For every pair of shoes collected during this week £6.40 will be donated towards CPR kits for secondary schools and sixth form colleges....

More than 50 stars have already pledged their support and donated to the campaign including Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Tom Jones, Dame Kelly Holmes, and Arsenal's Jack Wilshire. Some of those shoes come with their own special stories. Alison Steadman has donated the cowboy boots she wore for the Islands in the stream barn dance scene in Gavin and Stacey.

They can be found on the British Heart Foundation part of eBay.... 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

How we clean Mega Bloks....

Mega Bloks are awkward things to clean....We have been putting off cleaning them for ages but Ellie has sadly grown out of them and Stu my fella has offered them to our friend for her little boy.....Ellie is more into Lego now so was fine about it....Phew!

Stu came up with a great idea on how to clean them......I admit I didn't think it was a great idea at the time....I even tweeted about it....


 I was worried....More for how the washer would take it than the Mega Bloks....

He decided to wrap them in a duvet cover to protect them and the washer a little and add a bit of washing up liquid and put them on a cold wash....It was a loud 20 minutes....



It's probably not advised or recommended to wash them like this but it actually worked, no damage was done to the washing machine or the blocks and it was hassle free.....Well apart from when we had to take them out the washer and some were still full of water....


We gave them a shake and rushed outside with them and hung the duvet cover on the washing line with the blocks still inside....It was a lovely sunny afternoon and they dried in no time....

So now we have 2 squeaky clean bags of Mega Bloks ready to go to their new home....