Back To School with Smiggle
I have already thought about getting the kids Back To School, hasn’t the Summer has flown by?! I love the school holidays but I’ve now started thinking the new school year and Smiggles Back To School range is a very good place to start. Cool stationery is a MUST. Whether you’re a pen person, a notorious notebook enthusiast or want to achieve your #deskgoals, you’ll be sure to find something that takes your fancy at Smiggle. I scored major cool mum points when I stocked up on all Back To School necessities for the kids at Smiggle. Here are a few of my personal favourites that I knew the kids would LOVE.
This incredible, super sized hard top pencil case features amazing embossed designs on the front and back & colourful contrast zippers. It is durable, versatile, practical – perfect for my kids who love to keep their pens and pencils collection organised and portable. This is the first must have – and the first on my little boys list.
I got the stamp of approval with one of this super practical fun pencil cases. It has plenty of storage space for my Jessica’s Smiggle goodies with one large compartment and an envelope compartment.
This silicone water bottle is my boys favourite Back To School necessity. He’s amazed that onces he’s drunk his water he can roll the bottle up. It’s a great way of getting the children to drink during their school days too.
Probably the cutest little fluffballs Jessica will ever write with! She absolutely loved when I gave her this pen, I got her this as a little ‘good luck’ and to add a little sparkle to her school days. She loves unicorns so i’m sure she will love using this pen at school.
With a little helping hand from Smiggle we’re going to be starting this new school year on TREND. Who said going Back To School was a bad thing? My kids certainly don’t think so, thanks Smiggle!
Hi all, now I have been a huge lifelong fan of the one and only Winne the Pooh. Everyone around me is acutely aware of this fact – sometimes much to their amusement but I remain proud. So when some of my fab family decided to go to watch the newly released Christopher Robin recently, I was invited to go along and jumped at the chance to watch a live action film about loveable Pooh et al.
Amongst our group were two little ones. Off we went to Harrow Vue cinema on a sunny Saturday morning. After seeing a trailer last month, I thought the storyline would simply be about Pooh Bear looking for an adult Christopher Robin in London, having a few adventures along the way and eventually reuniting with his beloved friend. I was pleasantly surprised though. A more wonderful, multi layered film unfolded.
The film starts off in the classic Hundred Acre Wood. There a young Christopher Robin says farewell to Pooh and pals including the sweet but timid Piglet, a very jolly Tigger and a downcast as usual Eeyore. Christopher then goes off to boarding school while Pooh Bear patiently waits for him to come back. He never returns though. Through a sequence of sketches, we learn more what Christopher Robin does next. He starts studying hard at school following a tragedy, fights in World War 1 before settling down in London with his wife Evelyn and daughter Madeline.
The film then arrives in the present day. Christopher Robin, played by Ewan McGregor, is now working as an efficiency manager. He has forgotten his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood by now. Unfortunately, he has also almost forgotten his own family too. Christopher Robin is uptight, constantly under pressure at work and not able to spend much time with his family. He encourages Madeline to study all the time.
Christopher Robin is suddenly forced to miss a family holiday in the countryside to work on a crucial presentation all weekend. Meanwhile Pooh Bear has suddenly lost his friends and through a surprise portal, ends up where Christopher Robin lives (it is quite sweet and funny when they first meet again). As the weekend progresses, the friends catch up and a tense Christopher Robin decides to take Pooh back home. Innocent Pooh Bear does not realise his friend has changed a lot.
After some escapades and comic moments, they manage to go back to the whimsical Hundred Acre Wood. Christopher Robin slowly regresses to being a little boy who loves playing and helping Pooh which is a joy to see. He finds the other characters; including Eeyore with his melancholic one liners which made me smile (he is so cute and just needs a hug). Despite some upheavals and threats of heffalumps, Christopher Robin soon learns to relax. There is some stunning cinematography especially during this point in the film.
The next day, Monday, Christopher Robin rushes back to London for his presentation as the others realise he needs their help. Along the way, Tigger gets to sing his famous introductory song, the Robin family also get involved and chaos ensues as they all arrive in London. It also becomes apparent Christopher Robin may lose his job. There are twists and turns until the end, viewers – older or younger – will not get bored for a minute.
One of the main themes of the film is about how special friends and family are. I feel children would understand this idea. However there is another clear theme from the movie, one that adults would relate to more. This theme is about how we should not just work hard but take time out to have fun too. Christopher Robin gradually learns some life lessons and so do grown up viewers. My family and I all enjoyed the film and the messages being delivered. The adults in my group really identified with the notion that we should enjoy ourselves more.
If you want to see a heart-warming, fun and family friendly movie, Christopher Robin is one to watch. The film is filled with nostalgia, feel good moments and great acting. Everyone will have fun seeing the cute characters on screen and as a bonus, grown ups will also get to escape the busy world out there and relax for a few hours!
By Manisa Kuinkel
I waffle therefore I am…
On a typical sunny Sunday in July, typical for summer 2018 at least, my hubby and I went to the brand new Wafflemeister that had opened in St. Georges. I had never been to one before but knew straightaway that we would enjoy our visit. The cafe was situated near Rymans and opposite Nandos.
As it was just after midday and we had skipped brekkie, we were famished and ready to eat. There were a variety of tempting treats visible in the window display. We went in and looked at the menu of Signature Liege waffles which included Waffe Au Choclat, Dream Team, Go Bananas and Marshmallow Surprise. There were also a range of American waffles such as Granola Breakfast, Nutella Sandwich, Banoffee and Strawberry Mess. Wafflemeister also offer gelatos, sorbets and sundaes.
We both decided to try the Granola Breakfast waffle and although I would normally only have water or juice with breakfast or brunch, I ordered a Strawberry Mojito as it sounded nice whilst my hubby went for the Mango Yoghurt Smoothie. There were other Juices, Smoothies and Thick Shakes on offer as well as the good old favourites like tea, coffee and soft drinks. Customers are offered a great choice of treats and drinks here!
Friendly, efficient staff served us and we decided to sit in the seating area where there were around 7 seats available. Other customers waited nearby, sat eating or ordered takeaways. There were an influx of customers coming and going and the staff along with the store manager worked hard to serve everyone in a timely manner. We liked that there was a good number of staff working to serve customers and prepare food.
The Breakfast Granola which included bananas and pumpkin seeds was intriguing, substantial and delicious! The strawberry mojito was lovely, refreshing and much welcomed on such a warm day. My hubby also found the food to be fresh and delicious. A side note, it was amusing to see a statement printed on every tissue – I waffle therefore I am.
We ate with ease in our surroundings. The venue was vibrant. There was a huge Waffles neon sign on display and striking photos of the types of food available. My hubby noted that the venue was clean, modern and attractive. I liked that that there menu was easy to read and there is no pressure to decide what you want.
Wafflemeister also reminded us of the fab waffle cafes situated everywhere in Brussels that we saw whilst on a mini break there during 2017. It was nice to see a similar place has now opened here amongst other more familiar fast food outlets.
I will not waffle on now (groan…) and will simply sign off by saying, I would definitely recommend St George’s visitors stop by Wafflemeister, for a tasty treat in the near future.
Full Stop Aesthetics, my trip the the Salon.
Working full time and having 2 young children means I am very limited on what I like to call ‘me time’. However, Full Stop Aesthetics have reminded me that it is okay to have some time to myself and I can do that when best suits me. It can be hard to find the time for a bit of self-indulgence especially with many salons offering limited opening times. Full Stop Aesthetics are open 7 days a week and have appointments available until 8pm on Friday to help fit in with your busy lifestyle! This suits me perfectly so I booked an appointment for a manicure on a Tuesday evening at 7pm (after the kids were fed, bathed and in bed!) – I need this.
I arrive at Full Stop Aesthetics at 6:50pm and I am welcomed with a great big smile and offered a drink. I opted for a lovely americano. The salon is bright, clean and colourful. I feel relaxed immediately. I’m so excited to get my nails done, there are so many colours to choose from (I think
that was the most difficult decision of my day!), I opted for a lovely bright coral colour, after about 10 minutes of changing my mind (whoops!).
Nail treatments are little pleasures everyone can afford especially at Full Stop Aesthetics, the manicure treatment menu offers something to suit everybody. With professional service they offer personalised products from trusted brands like OPI, SNS and Shellac because they believe these products create lovely looking and healthy nails.
The nail technician was lovely, she explained nail care and all the different options available to me. I was amazed to find out that you can have nail gems, ombre and nail art for as little as £5 extra. With my busy lifestyle and being a mum to young children, I opted to keep it simple this time and stick with a block colour. Maybe next time I will be a little more adventurous – who knows!
Using creams and lotions my nail technician gave me a lovely hand massage which was so relaxing. I’m loving the experience so much I think it might have to become a regular occurance (when the kids are in bed, of course).
Around 45 minutes later, my nails are done. They are amazing and I am so so happy with them. I walk out of the salon feeling like a new woman. All a woman needs is a little pamper sometimes. I’d say, treat yourself to the pampering you deserve and book your appointment at Full Stop Aesthetics now. I have booked my next appointment already, next time i’m going to treat myself to a cut, wash and blow dry and I can’t wait already.