London SEA LIFE


I have been privileged to visit London SEA LIFE many years ago, so we were looking forward to getting the opportunity to visit again and see the new creature zones. There are many creature zones to explore here are just some of our favourite.

 

Shark Walk: As you enter you get to walk over a glass floor where you get to see the sharks swim beneath your feet. but that's not the end of the Shark experience as you travel through the London aquarium you'll also come to across Shark Reef Encounter: Here you can get up close and personal with the stunning sharks and watch them swim.


Rockpool: A great opportunity to hold creatures from the deep. I loved exploring the Rockpool which gives you a chance to hold starfish or shark eggs. I was fascinated at the size and shape of the Shark Egg.

Ocean Tunnel: I love the ocean tunnel its amazing to experience life underneath the ocean, as you watch the see fish swim over your head, such a surreal beautiful experience.


Coral Kingdom: My favourite zone by far, the colours are amazing, it was delightful to be surrounded by the largest living Coral reef in the middle of London, the clownfish were stunning. Such a beautiful zone.

Ocean Invaders: Ocean Invaders allows you to enter into the world of the UK's largest jellyfish experience. It's amazing to watch these delicate creatures swim in harmony and with a variety of species to see and learn about, the experience is memorable.



Penguin Present Pursuit: This Christmas, young explorers can help Ziggy the penguin prepare for Christmas, help him find all the presents he has dropped around SEA LIFE London. All festivities are included in your entry ticket.


These are just some of the zones you will get to explore, there's also the Seahorse KingdomRainforest Adventure and Penguin Point. We had the most amazing day at SEA LIFE London, defiantly an experience that I will treasure for a long time to come. The perfect family day out. For more information and how to book check out www.visitsealife.com/london.



Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA


With less than a month to go until Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico makes its European debut at the iconic Royal Albert Hall from 12 January – 1 March. Due to unprecedented demand Cirque Du Soleil’s European Premiere production Luzia has extended performances for two weeks at the Royal Albert Hall now running until 1 March. It’s also the year that marks 30 years since Cirque du Soleil first brought its captivating magic and awe-inspiring acrobatics to the UK.


LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico, invites audiences to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended between dreams and reality. The delightfully imaginative and visually stunning show will see brand new acts and breathtaking production, never before used by Cirque du Soleil at The Royal Albert Hall.


More about LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico
Written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, in association with Brigitte Poupart, LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA
Debuts at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 January – 1 March 2020
Kensington Gore, South Kensington
London SW7 2AP

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia or 020 7589 8212.


Spies In Disguise


We were so excited to head to the Southbank In London to watch the much anticipated animated movie Spies In Disguise.

Movie Synopsis 
Spies In Disguise follows a young scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) who dreams of transforming the world with his glitter friendly gadgets. Walter takes the opportunity to showcase his skills when he provides some of these super gadgets to Super Spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith), But when Lance Sterling is on a mission he is less than impressed when his trusted gadget explodes with a sprinkle of glitter.


But things take an unexpected turn and Super spy Lance Sterling soon finds that he needs Walter to help him on a mission to clear his name and save the world. Walter has the perfect disguise to help Lance disappear which will help Lance clear his name once and for all, but before lance could fully comprehend the disguise he turns into a Pigeon.


Our Thoughts On the Movie
The movie was outstanding, it had hilariously funny moments throughout the movie. It was great to see two unlikely characters joining forces to work as a team. Spies In Disguise is a must-see movie that everyone will love. If you like spy movies and humour then this animation is defiantly for you. One for kids and adults alike. We give this movie a 10/10, its one you will want to own and watch over and over.

Favourite Movie Scene
This was a hard one as there were so many great ones to choose from, but it had to be when Lance Sterling is turned into a pigeon and say's "Look at you!! "I can see my butt and your face at the same time, and what happens in the submarine stays in the submarine. Watch the trailer for a sneak peek.


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Spies In Disguise is out across Uk Cinemas On Boxing Day, so make sure you take the family to watch this awesome movie you'll love it.

Playing With Fire


Paramount Pictures UK
, families will be able to catch their latest comedy, Playing With Fire (Cert PG), ahead of its UK release with See It First. Warm yourself up on these cold winter days by catching red hot firefighting team of John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo in this loveable family comedy. Fans will be able to see Playing With Fire nearly two weeks earlier at select venues across the UK on 15 December.

When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires –are wild and unpredictable.

Tickets are available at select venues across the UK on 15 December at:

Addlestone, Light Cinemas - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
Ashford, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
Ashton Under Lyne, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
Basildon, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
Bolton, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
Bradford, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
Bristol - Avonmeads, SHOWCASE - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
Cardiff, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
Derby - Forresters, SHOWCASE - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
Dudley, SHOWCASE - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
Falkirk, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
Glasgow, SHOWCASE - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
London - Enfield, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
London - Feltham, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
New Brighton, Wirral, Light Cinemas - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
Newham, SHOWCASE - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
Paisley, SHOWCASE - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
Rushden, CINEWORLD - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:00am
Teesside, SHOWCASE - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
Walsall, SHOWCASE - Sun, 15 Dec 2019 at 10:30am
 
To purchase tickets to the special preview screenings, follow the link to 'Show Film First'
https://www.weticketit.com/seeitfirst/booking/Event/detail/KAT43725
 
Playing With Fire is in Cinemas everywhere Boxing Day (Cert PG)

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Dick Whittington And His Cat





We were super excited to head to Hackney Empire for another year exciting Christmas Panto. The story follows a young Dick Whittington who boards the Empire Windrush looking to start a new life in London.


But a magical adventure awaits, as Dick soon finds himself and his loyal cat on an adventure of a lifetime, from meeting a friendly fairy to fighting with queen rat and her rodents, and of course finding his true love.


Dick Whittington And His Cat is a hilarious fun-filled production, filled with funny jokes and laugh out loud one-liners, some which referenced currents events in the UK which were great and very well received by the audience.The songs choices were outstanding as were the dances which were delivered perfectly. I loved that the actors were enjoying performing as much as we were enjoying watching them.


Dick Whittington had everything you could wish for in a panto which made you want to join in with the audience participation songs and dances. This stunning performance features a dame like no other Clive Rowe as he stars in this stunning production as Sarah the Cook alongside the other talented actors the show was one I will not forget in a hurry.


Dick Whittington And His Cat is a classic rags-to-riches tale that the whole family will love. Check out Hackney Empire to buy your tickets. Dick Whittington And His Cat is on now until the 5th January 2020.



Christmas At The London Transport Museum


We had the most amazing weekend exploring the galleries of The London Transport Museum including their new Hidden London exhibition and the new cafe bar which recently opened.


Hidden London Exhibition:
We had the chance to explore the new immersive exhibition which holds many fascinating secrets of London's disused Underground stations. From the Secret bomb-proof Headquarters to life underground during the war.



Cafe Bar:
After a fun morning exploring the museum, we couldn't wait to sit back and relax in the new Cafe Bar. The cafe has all you could possibly want to eat and drink from sweet treats to main meals and breakfast, there is defiantly something to suit everyone's taste.


We opted for a delicious vegan breakfast which was delicious. It was great to sit and be around real pieces of salvaged furniture, the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after an exciting morning.


Christmas At The Museum:
But best of all the Transport Museum has a host of festive activities including storytime and singalong sessions, as well as fun creative activities. Plus we had the chance to meet Santa in his secret cabin.


What made my day was getting my hands on these stylish Christmas Transport scarf from the London Transport Christmas gift range


I'm delighted to offer all my readers the opportunity to get 20% off of all of the Christmas gifts, just add MUMMYBEBEAUTIFUL20 at the checkout. Find out more about London Transport Museum Christmas activities on their website ltmuseum.co.uk.

Lets Make Christmas Special With Asda


Last Thursday we were extremely fortunate to attend the Asda Christmas party. Asda hosted their Christmas range which featured the very best festive fashion, delicious food and drink and a must-have beauty range and of course a range of beautiful decorations to make your home festive this season.

  

We absolutely loved Asda fashion range from George, especially the cosy coats and glittery must-have party clothes, there were so many pretty tops, dresses and accessories to get you party-ready.


 


Asda has a delicious selection of food and drinks to keep you your guests happy this Christmas, from alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.


To the very finest in traditional food favourites along with a tasty vegan range of festive snacks and desserts.


I adored Asda's range of beauty and bath products, perfect stocking fillers and pampering treats. 


with plenty to choose from Asda has something to suit everyone's needs taste and budget this Christmas, we absolutely loved the Christmas range and cant wait to pop in-store and buy some of our favourites. Check out Asda online to get ready for Christmas here or check out my Instagram to see our party highlights.



The Lion King


Disney’s The Lion King, the worldwide phenomenon that brought the Pride Lands’ iconic characters to life in a whole new way. The Lion King is now on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD. With over an hour of bonus extras that showcase the cutting-edge technology behind the stunning savanna and a special look at the music of The Lion King.

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother -- and former heir to the throne -- has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. Now, with help from a curious pair of new found friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, BeyoncĂ© Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Directed by Jon Favreau, the summer blockbuster, which reigned supreme with audiences worldwide

The Lion King will be packaged and released in several different formats, ensuring each member of your family can view the film on a variety of different devices with no worries. Viewers can watch the film in Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD, and bring home a physical copy of the film which will be released as 4k Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray and a single DVD.


After watching the movie why not check out these downloadable Lion King activity sheets.

Multi Coloured No Cook Vegan Gluten Free Christmas Pudding


This amazing looking vegan, sugar and gluten-free is taking Christmas Puddings to a whole new level! This pudding is super vegan, sugar and wheat-free dessert. No cooking needed and with amazing toppings that are brightly coloured with just fruits and vegetables."

Raw Christmas Pudding
100g sultanas
100g dates chopped
100g dried figs chopped
150ml apple juice
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
100g cashews
100g coconut oil
100g maple syrup

Add the juice to the dried fruit and add the spices. Mix well and soak for at least 2 hours.
Place the cashews, coconut oil and syrup in a Vitamix or Nutribullet type blender. Add 100g of the soaked dried fruit and blend to a puree. Stir into the soaked fruit and mix well. Place into a pudding bowl and freeze overnight.

Toppings:
Raw Red as a Beetroot Topping
80g Raw Beetroot, peeled and sliced thinly
80g Coconut oil
80g 100% fruit raspberry jam
80g cashews

Put the sliced raw beetroot, coconut oil, sugar-free jam and cashews in a blender. It needs to be a strong one like a Ninja or NutriBullet. Grind to a smooth paste.

Raw Green as Grass Topping
80g Raw spinach
80g Coconut oil
1 kiwi
50g agave syrup
80g cashews
Put the spinach, kiwi, coconut oil, agave syrup and cashews in a blender. It needs to be a strong one like a Ninja or NutriBullet. Grind to a smooth paste.

Raw Orange Topping
80g Raw carrot, peeled and sliced thinly
80g Coconut oil
80g 100% fruit apricot jam
80g cashews

Put the sliced raw carrot, coconut oil, sugar-free jam and cashews in a blender. It needs to be a strong one like a Ninja or NutriBullet. Grind to a smooth paste.

Raw Snow White Topping
30g Desiccated Coconut
80g Coconut oil
3tbsp Almond milk
50g agave syrup
80g cashews

Put the desiccated coconut, almond milk, coconut oil, agave syrup and cashews in a blender. It needs to be a strong one like a Ninja or NutriBullet. Grind to a smooth paste.


Recipe featured is from Cooking With Love - is the new vegetarian and vegan recipe book by Keith and in addition to the book he has developed some super vegan-friendly Christmas recipes as well. If you would like to see more please do let me know.






Christmas At Alexandra Palace


This December Alexandra Palace is the place to visit, not only is it home to the idyllic ice rink with an iconic view of London. But there are so many fun festive events taking place, from the 13th of December, along with some good old festive skating there are many more festive activities to experience.These exciting Christmas events will take place alongside Alexandra Palace’s usual activities of music, culture, creative learning and of course, the World Championship Darts. For further details and ticket information visit: www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/


The ICE RINK
Ice skating can be enjoyed all year round at Alexandra Palace ice rink. Situated inside the Victorian building you can take a spin around the ice with family and friends, dance on ice, take up professional lessons or even watch an ice hockey game

PINOCCHIO ON ICE
This Christmas, Alexandra Palace Ice Rink presents a magical retelling of the Pinocchio fairy tale where good and kindness prevails. The cast of talented skaters from adults to tiny tots will perform a unique adaptation of this pantomime on ice.
The show will feature a mix of traditional and modern music with a live vocal performance from a West end star! There will be both new and familiar characters to entertain the entire family in a show filled with magical twists, turns and festive spirit. 
From - Friday 13 December, 7 PM
Saturday 14 December, 1 PM & 5.30 PM
Sunday 15 December, 1 PM & 5.30 PM
Monday 16 December, 7 PM 
Prices from £12.50 - £15.50 

CLUB DE FROMAGE ON ICE: ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
The legendary pop club night as seen at Glastonbury, Reading, Latitude and loads of other festivals. Come and experience the ice version!
Ho ho ho! Tie up your skating boots, don your Santa hats and hit the rink for Fromage On Ice’s Christmas party!
What can be more Christmassy than skating around the idyllic surroundings of Ally Pally whilst listening to your favourite Christmas hits pop classics?
Expect to hear Wham!, Band-Aid, Mariah Carey, Slade, East 17, The Pogues, Elton John, Shakey and more as well as your usual (non-festive) pop classics.
Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY 
Saturday 14 December, 8.30 PM
Tickets: £10

PETER PAN GOES WRONG
Following their multi-award-winning success with The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, Mischief Theatre return with their riotous spin on a timeless classic, the West End smash hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong.
The members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are back on stage, battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland?
Alexandra Palace Theatre
Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY 
First performance: Friday 13 December
Final performance: Sunday 5 January 
Prices from £10.00 - £43.00 

SANTA’S GROTTO
Santa Claus is swapping the North Pole for North London as he sets up camp in the East Court this December. Little ones are treated to a meeting with Santa, a small gift, plus the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa in his festive grotto. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to see old Saint Nick!
Select dates only from 06 – 23 December 
Alexandra Palace East Court
Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY 
Tickets: £12 per child plus an additional £10 for photography


Fajita Pasta With Schwartz


This delicious Chicken Fajita meal is a great addition to add to your weekly mealtimes, not only is it quick and easy, it can be tweaked so enable you to add your favourite schwartz herb, spice or vegetables.


I love to use Paprika in this recipe as it has subtle earthiness, with a sweet and peppery taste, you can use Smoked paprika if you wish if you want a more chargrilled flavour. 

Ingredients
I thinly sliced red and 1 thinly sliced green peppers
1 white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil
2 cups uncooked penne pasta (6 oz)
500g chicken in small cube or strips
1 /2 tablespoon of Schwartz paprika
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
1/2 teaspoon of coriander
2 cloves of garlic
1 or /2 green chillies (depending on how spicy you would like it)
500g pasta sauce
40g grated cheese (optional)

Recipe
  • Cook the pasta in hot water according to the pack instructions, and drain well and cover.
  • Next heat the rapeseed oil in a frying pan on a high setting. add the onion, garlic and green chillies for a few minutes
  • Add the cubed chicken and seal the chicken until its starting to brown.
  • Add the paprika, cumin and coriander and cook for a few more minutes
  • Add the peppers and pasta sauce and then simmer, uncovered on high heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked. 
  • once the chicken is cooked, stir through the pasta
  • To serve, top with the grated cheese 


It is that simple, why not give it a try yourself, you can easily pick up all these ingredients at your local supermarket or if like me, I tend to prefer to order online from my local TESCO store and have all of my shopping delivered directly to my front door. Tesco currently has a great deal where you can purchase two of your favourite Schwarz spices for £2.50. Schwarz herbs and spices are an absolute essential for creating and enhancing the colour and flavour of your favourite dishes, which means you can experiment with an array of delicious flavours to suit everyone's palate.

ALEXANDRA PALACE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL RETURNS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER


Alexandra Palace annual Fireworks Festival returns for 2019 with awe-inspiring displays and unmissable entertainment for all ages. Taking place over two nights in November (1st & 2nd) the festival is London’s biggest and best bonfire night celebration with over 100,000 people expected to attend. Against a backdrop of Ally Pally’s breath-taking panoramic views of London, fireworks will light up the skyline in a unique display, set to a soundtrack curated by former Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob da Bank.


Proceedings will begin with a new addition to the festival, a pagan-inspired fire-lighting ritual, designed by Mutoid Waste whose previous work has been featured at Glastonbury. This dazzling spectacle will culminate in the lighting of a 30ft effigy, designed by young people in collaboration with local artists, which will sit atop the bonfire. 


The 2019 Fireworks Festival will welcome back a bigger and better family area. This year it will play host to music, cabaret, bars, a funfair filled with retro rides, the great bonfire and some surprises to be unveiled on the night. CafĂ© de Pally, also situated in the family area, will be hosted by critically acclaimed comedian Ed Night who will present live bands, cabaret and stand-up sets from comics, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the gathered crowds.


Festival goers can also catch a film at the Luna Cinema, located in the palace’s newly renovated Victorian theatre which opened in December 2018. The cinema will show a selection of much-loved family favourites such as Ghostbusters and Toy Story 4 plus late-night screenings of dystopian political thriller V for Venetta and cult horror classic The Shining. Alternatively, festival revellers can go for a spin on the Ally Pally ice rink which will be open throughout the festival.
StrEATlife Village, one of London’s top street food and craft beer festivals, will be serving up refreshments in the family area all evening from some of the finest names on the street food scene. The village will also host live sets from Rob da Bank and legendary music producer and Soul II Soul founder, Jazzie B. The UK’s largest German Bier Festival will run alongside the firework festivities, serving some of the finest German beers with show-stopping headline performances from unmissable tribute bands The Killerz and Elton on stage. 


The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival continues the long-held tradition of spectacular displays held in the grounds dating back over 140 years, which included an astonishing recreation of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in The Last Days of Pompeii and The Destruction of the Spanish Armada on the boating lake. The Fireworks Festival continues to celebrate Alexandra Palace’s story of innovation and entertainment whilst shining a light on its work with partners and communities across Haringey.

For more information check out Fireworks London

The ADDAMS Family


I'm extremely happy to that The Addams Family is back. We were excited to head to Leicester Square CineWord in London to watch the new all star cast animated movie.

Movie Synopsis 
The Addams Family is a wonderful fun fantasy animation which shares the life of the family and how the family begun their life together, which is great for the new generation of fans and was welcomed by us die hard fans who grew up watching the movies and TVseries.


The movie follows the quirky characters of Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma, as the family prepare for a visit from their extended family members to celebrate Pugsley Mazurka (coming of age ceremony), as Pugsley struggles with the pressure of his performance, Wednesday wants to experience the world outside of the mansion after finding a single red balloon and heads off to high school to experince life outside the mansion where she makes friends with Parker. But things get even more complicated when TV personality Margaux Needler learns that the Addams Family eerie mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in her neighbourhood, so she plots a shady plan to get them out.


Our Thoughts On the Movie 
The Addams family is entertaining movie with a positive message that everyone is different and should be accepted no matter who they are, which we loved.  The Addams Family is filled with lots a funny memorable unusual moments, and will be loved by old and new Addams Family Fans. Lets now snap our fingers  and sing along to that cool theme tune that we all know and love (I cant get it out of my head).
Favourite Movie Scene -  My most favourite part of the movie has to be when Lurch sings, lets put it this way its unexpected, but very cool.


The Addams Family out UK Cinemas on the 25th October, the perfect movie for the whole family to watch this Halloween.





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