Merry Christmas

Just a quick one to say Merry Christmas to everyone taking the time to read my blog. It means such a lot and I’m so very grateful to every one of you for every read, like, comment, message and share.

Looking forward to a great 2019 with lots of exciting things planned. Enjoy the rest of your family time and remember I’m always just a message away if you need a chat

The Snowman Tour – Christmas 2018

I know, I know it is only September –  but I am already in planning mode for Christmas!  As I only have the boys for half of the holidays and every other weekend in the lead up to Christmas, I have to be especially on the ball and make sure I book things early so we don’t miss out.

This year I wanted to share one of the things I will be doing in December.  The Snowman has always been one of my favourite Christmas films and I was delighted when Carrot Productions asked me to be one of their bloggers for this years The Snowman Live tour.

© Snowman Enterprises Limited

For those who don’t know (shock horror) – The Snowman was originally a children’s picture book, written by Raymond Briggs.  It was then released as a short film in the early 80’s and has been shown pretty much every year since at Christmas time.  Carrot Productions have bought the film to life, presenting it in many different venues around the country on a big screen alongside a full orchestra.

Photography © Gareth Widdowson

This year, the performance will also feature a brand new short film – A Donkey’s Tale –  – accompanied by the orchestra, a visit from The Snowman himself, and a fun introduction to the orchestra (please note – some venues will be showing The Bear and the Piano as their short film).

Some performances are already sold out and they are predicted to be all sold out before December so don’t miss out – book today!  I am attending one of the performances in The Octagon, Buxton.  I can’t wait as I know that it has recently been refurbished and the area around The Pavilion is lovely.

Check out venues, dates and book your tickets click here!

I really love attending things like this – it will get us right in the mood for Christmas at the beginning of December – perfect timing!  What is your favourite Christmas film?  Let me know in the comments below!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Thankyou to Carrot Productions for including me in the tour – I have received free tickets in return for my posting about it but all opinions expressed are my own


Reading Challenge 2018

So you all know I am a keen reader and I like to share the books I have enjoyed with you all.  This year I have decided to set myself some reading goals.  What started with a number, became a lot more interesting when I decided to pick some ‘rules’ for books I choose to read this year.


So to start, my number is 50.  That’s roughly a book a week which I think is achievable without going too far for me.  My reading has seriously lapsed the last few years.  It is something I love and have ‘rediscovered’ in the last few months so I want to continue that in 2018.

Next up I decided on twelve conditions for a book I read, one for every month of the year.  These are

  • A self-help book
  • A classic
  • An autobigraphy
  • A non-fiction book
  • A book written for children
  • A Christmas themed book
  • A book by a new author
  • A book by an author I like
  • A book by someone called Natalie
  • A book based in WW1 or WW2
  • A trilogy
  • A book recommended to me

I will be picking which one I do every month in no particular order but have decided to start with a self-help book for January.  Obviously I will need some help with the recommendations so please let me know your in the comments below!


If you would like to join me with this I would love to have you on board!  Please let me know your email by filling in the contact form below and I will be sending out emails updating you with good books I have come across and reviews, as well as the coming month’s ‘challenge’.  No spam though I promise!  Just a ‘The Spoonie Mummy Book Club’ I suppose!

I look forward to my reading journey this year and am excited as have some amazing books to read.  You all know my local Waterstones in Derby is one of my favourite places and where I spend far too many pennies!  I hope you will join me too, and look forward to hearing from you if you want to join the book club and also your recommendations.  Happy reading all!

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