How To Make Your Goal A Reality


When it comes to the new year most of us start setting goals on what we want to achieve in the new year, but the problem is how do we stick to those goals that we set.

Most of the time we set ourselves with monumental goals that are unrealistic and unachievable which often leave us feeling demoralised and ready to throw in the towel not everyone can achieve extreme goals from starting new diets to getting that new job, rather than set unreachable large goals we need to think about the small realistic steps we can take every day to achieve those goals, so be realistic in your goal setting, eg saying your not going to eat sugar again is a tall feat, so why not set a goal to cut back on your sugar intake ie no sugar in your tea, remember small steps will build your confidence and inspire you to push forward with the ultimate goal.


  • Know Your Goals: Think of the goal and have it at the forefront of your mind make sure your goals have a positive outcome and have that in your mind. What are you trying to change achieve give a commitment to your goal by writing why it matters to you.
  • Write it down:  make it real and write down your goal and the reason for setting it!  Can you achieve this goal, how much willpower will you need to achieve this goal and what steps are you going to take.
  • Break It Down: break your goals into small palatable elements eg think of all the things you need to make that goal achievable eg get a new job, what training will I need, can I get some experience in that field. By focusing on one small step, a day will make your goals more realistic and achievable.
  • Can I Do It Now: What can you sign up for or commit to RIGHT NOW that will keep you accountable? eg if you pay to join an exercise class you'll more likely to stick with it.
  • Plan Plan Plan: plan the steps to your goal the night before: write down what you need to do tomorrow this will help you feel in control and set you up for success.
  • Morning Routine: revisit your goals and steps in the morning, work out what can be done right away and plan your day/week, I use Mel Robins 5 second journal as it works for me, it gives me the chance to pick one element of my goal and work on that solely each day, but you can use a notebook or another journal.
  • Learn New Techniques: Learn new techniques to help kick you into action, I recommend Mel Robins 5 Second Rule which is proven to get you to act the rule teaches you not to overthink or hesitate, The instant that you have an instinct to act on your goal, simply by counting yourself down will stop hesitation and make you act instantly…5-4-3-2-1-GO
  • Be patient: while we all want overnight results when it comes to change, sadly, that is never going to be the case. If you are changing your diet or life will take time.


Celebrate those small achievements no matter how small they are and feel good about yourself if you would like more information on the 5-second rule check out https://melrobbins.com/blog/5-second-rule. If you are just starting your goal planning for 2019, then hop over to Mel Robins for her mind set-reset cousre its free and a great place to start.

Circus 1903


There's nothing quite like going to the Circus there's something quite special about the atmosphere and live daring acts, but Circus 1903 brings the audience the golden age of circus, so we couldn't wait to be transported back to 1903 to experience the ultimate circus experience.


The show kicked off with a few laughs from Ringmaster Willy better known as David Williamson a  comedy magician who is known worldwide, lucky for us ringmaster Willy also had a few stage segments which involved audience participation, the audience roared with laughter, he defiantly kept us entertained us immensely,


Circus 1903 is an internationally acclaimed family circus spectacular and features thrilling and dangerous acts that the whole family will love. We were in awe and on the edge of our seat in anticipation as we watched The Flying Finns aerialists fly through the air on their teeterboard, it was breathtaking to watch, then there was the sophistication of Lucky Moon who is an aerial ballet performer who wowed the audience with her high flying moves. The most dangerous act of the night had to be A Flight Of Knives which is an artistic exhibition of knife impalement, jaw-dropping moments as the knives whizzed through the air narrowly missing the performer.


from acrobats and the Juggling Juggernaut to the high wire performance of Los Lopez just to name a few, were amongst the array of stunning performances from across the globe we had the pleasure to watch.


We also had the opportunity to watch life-sized elephants grace the stage which was created by award-winning puppeteers to bring the 1903 circus experience to life. Circus 1903 was a feast for the eyes and mesmerising to watch the ultimate circus experience which will be loved by all.


Circus 1903 is on at the Southbank Centre this Christmas for its European Premiere from 19th December 2018 - 5th  January 2019. for more information and how to book check out https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/circus-1903

Aladdin Comes To Hackney Empire


We were super excited to head in Hackney Empire in East London to watch the much-awaited performance of Aladdin.


The story follows Aladdin who resides in HA-KA-NEY, Aladdin dreams of finding true love and making his fortune, one-day Aladdin's luck changes when he finds a magic lamp, will Aladdin's wishes come true? or will the evil Abanazar thwart Aladdin's plans? Join Aladdin along with his family and friends on his magical journey.


This larger then life production is truly magical, with visually eye-catching stage scene changes throughout, along with stunning costumes, the cast brings this production to life with their stunning performance and vocals.


Stars the much-loved dame Widow Twankey as Aladdin's mum played by Clive Rowe and Tameka Empson who stars as the Empress Of HA-KA-NEY, the entire cast brings an exciting, fun energy presence which will be loved by children and adults the perfect Christmas Panto for the entire family.


Aladdin is on at the Hackney Empire until the 6th January 2019, For more information check out  https://hackneyempire.co.uk

Christmas Carnival At Alexandra palace


The Ally Pally Christmas Carnival will mark the re-opening of Alexandra Palace’s East Court, and Victorian theatre, The carnival has lots of festive essentials including Santa’s Grotto, ice skating, and a Christmas Market with local stall holders from North London.

       

We were really excited to head down and explore the Carnival, Once inside East Court there were street food stalls a mini Christmas market with a variety of different local sellers, outside there was a mini funfair,


there was also a band playing live Christmas music to help us get into the spirit of Christmas.


But our visit would not be compleate without visiting one of London’s most iconic ice skating rinks at. the Alexandra Palace ice rink, perfect for some skating fun, we had a great time on the ice
You can find out what is on each day at christmas.alexandrapalace.com

A Family Christmas With Toffifee


We love Toffifee, it's a treat that I have grown up eating and I love that now I can share my childhood memories and treats with my children. There's something quite delicious about the crunchy hazelnut surrounded by the chewy caramel cup with nougat and a topping of rich dark delicious chocolate, it's the perfect family treat.


As a family, we love nothing more than snuggling up and watching a movie especially when its cold outside, and as Christmas is fast approaching what better time of the year to sit back and relax and watch our favourite Christmas movies with a box of Toffifee.


Toffifee is the perfect treat for sharing with the family at Christmas the 400g pack is simply perfect, but if you want a stocking filler then I would defiantly opt for the 100g pack. Toffifee is available form all major supermarkets and will make the perfect sweet treat this Christmas.

Robinson Crusoe


We were really excited to head to Greenwich theatre to watch Robinson Crusoe. This fun family-friendly pantomime tells the story of Robinson Crusoe who sets sail on an amazing journey in search of the lost gold, Polly Perkins his love interest and niece of Captain Wallace Windblower sneakily joins him onboard the ship, against her uncles wishes, but watch out Gingerbeard the pirate and his gang are also in hot pursuit of the lost gold.


This action-packed production has larger than life characters which will entertain and inspire with their amazing performance, our favourite character on the night had to be Delores Crusoe played by (Andrew Pollard who also wrote and directed this fantastic production) she literally had me crying with laughter, her stage presence was amazing, and her costumes were defiantly a talking point at interval time,


with an array of stunning song choices old and new which will leave you tapping your feet and singing along, of course, no panto would be complete without a little audience participation which defiantly went down well.


Robinson Crusoe is musically stunning and hilariously funny with a few subtle adult innuendo jokes that went totally unnoticed by the younger audience, this action-packed adventure will be loved by young and old alike and is defiantly a must see,  if I'm honest I could watch this again it was that good. Robinson Crusoe is on at the Greenwich Theatre until the 13th of January, for more information check out  www.greenwichtheatre/Robinson-Crusoe.



Something For The Weekend With PlayStation


There's nothing we like more than spending some fun family time together, so we were really excited to receive this cool PlayStation mailer which was filled with amazing PS4 Game and activities to keep the whole family entertained.


PlayStation know that playing games together is not only fun and a meaningful experience, but there are some days when you want to be competitive and other days when you just want to play alone or play a very chilled out game, With so many games for everyone in every situation, whether your playing alone, online or with the family there is so much fun to be had. Here are some of our favourite games.

Sofa Stand-Offs 


We are all quite competitive so this FIFA is an all-time favourite game, I must admit I'm not that good, but the boys are and were overjoyed to play FIFA 19.


FIFA is back with FIFA 19, a cool football experience on and off the pitch. FIFA 19 offers enhanced gameplay features that allow you to control the pitch in every moment. There are cool new ways to play, including a dramatic finale to the story of Alex Hunter in The Journey: Champions, a new mode in the ever-popular FIFA Ultimate Team with optional In-game purchases.

1-4 players, the full game requires PlayStation®Plus membership to access online, available to download for £34.19.

In It Togethe


Overcooked 2 is a fun family game to play with the family, Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. It’s time to save the world stave off the hunger of The Unbread


ONLINE/LOCAL MULTIPLAYER MADNESS - You’ll knead to work together to get the highest score in chaotic local and online multiplayer.
FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS - Cook in new kitchens ranging from sushi restaurants, magic schools and mines!
ROMAINE CALM! - Travel through teleporters, across moving platforms and save time by throwing ingredients across dynamic kitchens that shift and evolve.
WHET YOUR APPETITE! - Cook up a range of new recipes including sushi, cakes, burgers and pizzas.

With In-game purchases optional, 1-4 players and Network Players 2-4 - Full game requires PlayStation Plus membership to access online multiplayer games. Available to download from the PlayStation store for £19.99.

Pass & Play


Sometimes it's nice to have a relaxing evening and play alone, I'm ever so happy that Crash Bandicoot is back, this fun adventure game will give you a host of fun challenges where you can jump, spin as you work your way through each level. 


Suitable for one player. Available to buy or download from the PlayStation Store for £34.99.

All Back To Mine


There are some games that are just great to play together, the more the merrier to help get the party started. We love playing FRANTIC, FRANTICS is an exclusive PS4 PlayLink party game.
FRANTICS is hosted by the charming  Fox who uses his manipulative ways to stir up the players by sending each player secret messages and missions via your mobile device, you are most defiantly encouraged to sabotage your rivals which really adds to the fun.


We really loved playing FRANTICS, and can't wait for the weekend so we can all get together for some more family gaming fun.


FRANTICS and all of the other games we have chosen are available to download or purchase via the PlayStation Store.

Brat Kids Carnival


On the weekend we had the pleasure to head into London to visit Christmas in Leicester Square and watch the fun-filled show Brat Kids Carnival.


Brat Kids Carnival is an exciting alternate circus show, the show has been specially created for children, as the audience is invited to be part of the show, from dancing on the stage to audience participation, the entire show engages with the audience making them feel that they are part of a fun high energy party.


Not only will you get a chance to join in, but you will experience a host of thrilling performances, from stunning acrobatics, puppetry to fun party tricks from the cool clowns. We were wowed and amazed at the stunning performances which left us in awe and wanting more, the show is highly entertaining and so much fun.


Brat Kids Carnival is absolutely perfect for the young but will be loved by adults alike, Brat Kids Carnival has caused mayhem all over the world and is now in Leicester Square Christmas until the 30th December 2018. for more information check out www.briefsfactory.com/brat kids carnival

The Grinch


To celebrate the release of The Grinch in cinemas, The Natural History Musem Ice Rink has been well and truly Grinched, along with the beautiful festive fairy lights and stunning decorations,


The Natural History Museum Ice Rink has a cool Grinch movie theme, where you can celebrate the Grinch movie and experience the beautiful green lights and images of the Grinch as they illuminate the ice rink, standing central is the stunning Grinchmas Christmas tree filled with an array of green baubles. The Grinch festive movie theme will be available to experience at the Natural History Ice Rink until 16th December.

 

The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas,  The Grinch lives a solitary life with his loyal dog Max inside his cave which is rigged with inventions and contraptions, but the Grinch only sees his neighbours when he runs out of food.


Each year at Christmas Who-Vile disrupt the Grinch's tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations, but when the Whos declare they are going to make this Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas.  To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.


Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheming threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one.  Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all.


The Grinch is now in Cinemas across the UK.

Less Screen Time And More Play This Half Term


A new study has revealed that, by age 7, children will have spent 2 years and 3 months of their lives in front of a screen.  More than half of that time is ‘mindless’ screen time – spent without family or friends, in solitary, screen-based activities. The study, conducted by Persil amongst parents in the UK and Ireland highlighted that time spent in front of a screen dwarfs time spent outside. Parents reported that their children spend more than twice as much time in front of screens than playing outside – equating to 456 days of alone screen time by age of 7 versus 182 days of outdoor free play. This latest research also shows that children now spend much less time on “real play” than ever before. One reason is the unprecedented amount of time they spend indoors looking at screens.


Screens, when used in the right way, can be very beneficial – aiding learning and development amongst children. But there needs to be a balance between screen time and outdoor play. This is a balance we know parents are looking to achieve. Sir Ken Robinson, leading expert in education, creativity and human development, and Chair of the Dirt is Good Child Development Advisory Board, comments:

"If you’re an adult now, how much time did you spend as a child playing outdoors, making up games on your own or with friends, dashing around, taking tumbles, all for the sheer fun of it?  Until recently, children spent many hours every week on this sort of physical, imaginative, social play.  “Real play” like this is not only enjoyable: it is vitally important in young lives. Research has long shown that it has essential roles in the balanced development of all children and young people.

Here are five simple tips on how to balance your kid's screen time and outdoor play this half term week based on the idea and recommendations by Sir Ken Robinson.

1. Find an engaging way to limit screen time:
Create a brightly coloured rewards chart to allocate time slots on how much time is allowed behind a screen and to help plan outdoor activity for your kids on a daily basis. This is a fun and creative way to reward your kids with well-done stickers when they stick to the plan every day! By using reward charts and coloured stickers your kids will see the change as a positive one!

2. Encourage fun and creative activities with your kids:
Don’t be afraid to get messy – indoors or out. Find an activity your child really loves and enjoy the fun together! It could be as simple as making music out of garden twigs, or starting an arts and crafts session using conkers, pine cones and leaves you found in the park, or playing team games such as rounders’ or a treasure hunt. It is also a great way to bond together and encourage creativity. Inspiring your kids to be creative can stimulate their imagination and also reduce stress and anxiety.

3. Embrace the British weather, even in the winter:
We all know splashing in puddles, climbing up tree houses, swinging on swings and getting really muddy is a child’s dream of having fun! On a rainy day grab your wellies, a waterproof coat and go on an adventure with your kids at your nearest park.

4. Try incorporating 'real play' into your child’s daily routine:
Real play is unsupervised and self-initiated. Some ideas to get you started are playing with sand, painting, chasing games, role play, juggling, and hiding games. Giving your kids opportunities for active, physical, imaginative, and social play can have such positive benefits in kid’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

5. You don’t have to spend loads of cash:
Real play doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes it’s nice to just be with your kids so, join in with any outdoor activities, go for a stroll together and have a conversation about their interests or be imaginative and have an exciting bake-off competition together. The main resources are time, energy, companionship and laughter.


Persil, along with parents and experts recognise the importance of children playing and embracing dirt, and have been promoting the benefits of outdoor play for over a decade. Persil is commitment to addressing the play imbalance that so clearly exists. As part of that commitment, they have collaborated with a series of initiatives to provide parents with practical solutions to addressing this play imbalance.

There are several ways you can get involved:

Outdoor Classroom Day – Taking place on 1st November 2018, this initiative challenges schools to get children to take at least one lesson outdoors that day and celebrates the importance of playtime. In 2017 alone, 2.3 million children took part around the world in over 100 countries, including over 580,000 in the UK where the campaign is led by Learning through Landscapes. Parents and teachers can sign up atwww.outdoorclassroomday.org.uk 

Parkrun – it is easier than ever to get the whole family enjoying the great outdoors with parkrun.  As an official sponsor, Persil is helping to ensure there are hundreds of free events that take place every weekend across the UK, go online atwww.parkrun.org.uk to find your local one

Real Play Coalition – Persil, alongside IKEA, National Geographic and The LEGO Foundation created the Real Play Coalition – a movement that prioritises the importance of ‘real play’. Join us in our mission to make the world a more playful place by visiting www.realplaycoalition.com and signing up for more information