This time last year, Pickle had his first experience of theatre: In a Pickle by Oily Cart. It absolutely blew me (and him) away, and was the best possible introduction to children’s theatre I could have asked for. They set the standard bar really high! And although we’ve seen some pretty brilliant theatre together since, nothing has quite matched that first production for me. It’s no surprise then, that I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my last day before going back to work than enjoying another Oily Cart theatre performance with Pickle, Hush-a-Bye. In fact, I delayed my start date…

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If you missed my little announcement on Instagram last week, I’ll soon be rejoining the world of work. Later this month, I’ll be heading back to work for four days a week, and whilst I’m excited about this new change, I’m desperately trying to make the most of the time I have left as a Stay at Home Mom. I feel incredibly privileged to have had the last twenty months with Pickle, and now with just a week to go, there’s still lots I want to do before he goes to nursery. Thanks to a lovely invite from 360 Play…

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As we didn’t go overboard on Christmas presents for Pickle this year, we decided we would use some of the money we could have spent on gifts to go towards a lovely family day out instead. After all, we have a fairly small house that’s cluttered enough as it is, and memories don’t take up any storage space so it’s a win on multiple fronts. For me, it was an easy decision to make where we should go: Magical Christmas at Thomasland, Drayton Manor Park.

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We’re definitely a CBeebies household. In fact, there aren’t any other children’s TV channels that we watch and whilst we’re usually morning TV viewers than pre-bedtime (In the Night Garden plays during the CBeebies’ Bedtime Hour), I have found myself humming Iggle Piggle’s theme song on more than one occasion. When we were offered the chance to review the In the Night Garden Live theatre show, currently on in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham in their specially erected Showdome tent, I jumped at the chance, and started to make much more of an effort to ensure Pickle watched the show on…

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Earlier this week, Pickle and I headed over to Cannon Hill Park to meet Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy. The In The Night Garden Live Showdome has set up camp there for the next couple of weeks and we were getting ourselves acquainted with the place ahead of seeing the show itself on Monday. I had such great plans for a day out – a picnic in the park and letting Pickle have a good run around, but typically… it was raining. We took shelter in mac Birmingham and enjoyed a lunch and drink in there instead and even though…

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