A ‘Wicked’ evening with Luke – Courtesy of BoxOffice.co.uk

The other week, myself and Luke were extremely lucky to be able to go and see Wicked thanks to the wonderful people at BoxOffice.co.uk.

We were offered two tickets for a Wednesday evening performance so I asked Luke if he wanted to go and he couldn’t get on his broomstick quick enough! Luke has wanted to see Wicked for ages but because Daddy isn’t a huge fan of musicals (unlike mummy!) we rarely get to go. It was the perfect excuse for a mummy/eldest son night out, just the two of us.

I have been lucky enough to see it once before, I went with a group of friends as part of my Hen-Do, but I was a complete idiot and forgot my glasses meaning I couldn’t see very much! Haha! I could still listen though and the sounds the cast and orchestra make are simply unforgettable.

This time, I made sure my glasses were on my face and me and Luke set off for London.

Wicked is on at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. It’s really easy to get to from Victoria train station (it’s literally opposite the entrance/exit to the station) and even me with my TERRIBLE sense of direction managed to get us there without getting lost.

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

We found a Nando’s nearby for a quick bite to eat and spent some time chatting to each other without being interrupted by anyone else for a change which was a real novelty!

At 7pm, we left the restaurant to go and find the rep from BoxOffice.co.uk to get our tickets. This was really straight forwards, they were stood just outside the main entrance steps so we got our tickets and after a quick bag check, we were in. The show has been on at the theatre since September 2006 (now in it’s 11th year which is incredible for a show!) and it still pulls in huge crowds for every performance. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why!

The theatre foyer and stairwells are decked out like they’re part of the show, black, mirrored glass, green, it looks like you’re in the emerald city! Luke couldn’t believe his eyes…

Wicked London Foyer

We got some popcorn and a drink and then we went off to find our seats. Luke loved sitting in his seat and looking around the theatre. There really is something magical about theatres and the mechanical dragon that sits above the stage for the duration of the show was a real marvel to look at whilst waiting for the show to begin.

 Wicked London

Wicked is about the real story behind the Wicked Witch of the West, because there are always two sides to every story…

The information on the Official Wicked website says;


When Dorothy famously triumphed over the Wicked Witch, we only ever heard one side of the story. Gregory Maguire‘s acclaimed 1995 novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, re-imagines the Land of Oz, creating a parallel universe to the familiar story written by L. Frank Baum and first published as ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ in 1900.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Acclaimed as “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), and already the 15th longest running show in London theatre history, Wicked has show-stopping songs by Academy Award® winner Stephen Schwartz and is adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman (My So Called Life).

Wicked is a three-time winner of the WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award.  

Wicked is suitable for a general audience. As a guide to parents and guardians, it is recommended for ages 7+

Myself and Luke cannot recommend this show enough. The songs, the staging, the costumes, the acting, everything about it is, well, Wicked!

Thank you BoxOffice.co.uk for the unforgettable experience. We had a truly wonderful evening.

Wicked London

Don’t forget to check out BoxOffice.co.uk to look for your theatre tickets.
Disclosure: I was gifted two tickets for Wicked on a designated evening performance in return for this review.

Big Pink Link #81

Morning beautiful Big Pink Linkers!

Where the bloody nora did that weekend go?? Mine was spent mostly by the side of a rugby pitch cheering on my middle one in his first rugby festival (by cheering, I mean biting my tongue and smiling through gritted teeth as he passed the ball forwards or to the opposition, he remained offside for 90% of his time and proceeded to look at me rather than where he was going as he ran with the ball to ensure I was looking proudly at him. Of course I was proud. Bless).

Anyhow, this week I am co-hosting with the bloomin’ marvellous This Mums Life (PS: If you haven’t seen Lucy’s first foray into short films, please check out Mum V’s the World – I literally almost piddled my pants watching it, she really is a very talented lady).

So, now onto the WOW’s for last week…

Lucy from This Mums Life chose this post by Claire at Life Love and Dirty Dishes with ‘My children are too much for me.’ Lucy said, Claire summed up exactly how I feel about my children on a daily basis! This was such an honest and relatable read.

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Keeping my head above water…

It feels like it’s been a little while since I wrote a ‘proper’ blog post.

Life happened, and I feel like I am only just keeping my head above water at times.

Looking after the kids, my husband working long hours, starting a new cake making business, running the family home, blogging, helping kids with homework, remembering everything the kids need on a daily basis, being class rep for one of my sons classes, writing a quarterly NCT newsletter, being a good friend, being a mum, being a daughter, being a wife, thinking of what everyone wants for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, doing the (ever more expensive) food shop every week, cleaning, washing, being a taxi service for the kids to get them to clubs, the list could go on and on and I know a load of you out there will be able to relate to what I am saying.

Life at the moment feels like a constant juggling act and I feel perilously close to dropping not just one, but all the balls.

Yep, I can foresee an pic Ball drop coming up folks…


I find myself googling Rightmove late at night. I lie there whilst everyone else in the house is asleep, scrolling through pages of houses in the arse-end of nowhere in Scotland and I think to myself, I’m off. Take me somewhere quiet, take me back to basics.

Fog Bow over Lochailort in Scotland

Don’t get me wrong, I am SUPER grateful for my life, for what possessions we have, for the opportunities we have, for the relative peace we live in, for having a loving family and wonderful friends, but life is just relentless at the moment and my brain is about to kaput.

The middle one has always been a challenging little pickle. He had a speech delay meaning he didn’t even say Mummy until he was 4 years old (ah, yes, the speech delay that he had because, apparently, I obviously hadn’t spoken to him enough as he grew up…yep, that is honestly what I was told by one very helpful soul who shall remain nameless). This speech delay has set him back in the reading, writing and talking department and, whilst he isn’t majorly behind and school aren’t at all worried, the daily dramas I have trying to get him to read to me are EPIC. Like, WW3 epic. As well as all the other daily chaos we have going on, after school clubs, swimming lessons, cooking dinner, sorting two other kids, bath time, baking, you get the idea, I have a daily battle on my hands – if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, Battle of the Bastards really has nothing on my daily reading/homework battle with the middle one.

It’s so draining.

I have tried all different kinds of incentives, bribery, threats, pleading, crying, bargaining with him and, as yet, my methods have little to no effect on him.

Hubby normally gets in from work just as my daily battle has come to a ceasefire – this is often pretty shit timing.

“How was your day?” he might ask.

“Pretty shit”, I often reply.

Just what he wants to hear after a long day in the office eh?

It’s hard not to get resentful too.

I’ll be frankly honest with you all, I can sometimes find myself even getting jealous of my husband being able to sit in his car for an hour by himself and drive to/from work. How sad is that?! I would honestly sometimes rather be stuck in traffic than have to have a battle over a sodding reading book.

The madness of it all is, he will happily read to his little brother every night. He will sit next to Ben on the beanbag and beautifully read a bedtime story whilst we all listen but as soon as I ask him to get his school reading book and do 10 minutes reading, KABOOM! He goes off on one. From the reaction I get, it’s like I’ve asked him to write the bloody book, not read it.

I remember it being the same with my eldest at this age to be fair. He would also have a meltdown over doing homework and reading and I would sit with my head in my hands questioning my many life choices.

Hormones, tiredness, a stubborn personality and emotional development changes are all factors contributing to his ‘select’ behaviour but I can’t, and won’t, keep making excuses for him. I am a firm believer that the kids can’t be mollycoddled and the fact of the matter is, life is tough. You don’t get anywhere without hard work so he has to suck it up and get on with it. I’ll be there to help, support, listen and encourage, but I won’t be treated like a verbal punch bag every day because he doesn’t want to do something.

This daily battle with just one of the three kids means that at least 30 minutes of my evening, every day, is taken up doing battle. If I forget to write in his reading record, I get a ticking off because his teacher thinks he hasn’t read and then more mum guilt sets in. Oh the mum guilt…it’s a complete mother fooker that one is.

I then have to compose myself, dedicate the same amount of time to the eldest one who also has homework and reading to do and I’m also sorting the little one and cooking dinners and washing uniforms and packing sports kits and making packed lunches and replying to emails and finishing off baking orders, and, and, and…I’m exhausted.

Dorset, Golden Cap

The eldest one went into school without saying goodbye to me this morning because he forgot to put his books back in his school bag after a trip yesterday. This was apparently my fault. His bag, his books, but my fault. Go figure that one out. When I informed him that, ‘now he’s in year 5 he can check his own school bag’, I was met with a Medusa-like death stare from him and a huff. After the manic morning I had packing 6 different bags (that’s just for two of the boys!), I politely but firmly informed him that it wasn’t in fact my fault and that the responsibility laid with him. He stomped off through the school gates and walked down to his classroom. I left him there, safely at school, and walked out the gates feeling so sad that he hadn’t said goodbye like he usually does, that we didn’t have a hug, that he didn’t wave to me with his lovely little smile as I walked out of eyesight like he usually does. That hurts more than words sometimes doesn’t it, silence.

Ah, there’s that bloody bitch Mum Guilt again. Please would you kindly fuck off love, you’re not welcome here anymore.

The summer holidays feel like a lifetime ago already. October half term, when we can have a little break, is still 3 weeks away. I am literally ticking off the days. A week without so much chaos. A week with a little less homework. A week with, hopefully, a little less mum guilt.

It’s a cliche, but there truly don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. It’s a constant battle against the clock and numerous times in a day I find myself rushing things or flying out the door as the countdown theme tune plays out in my head whilst I do it.

I feel guilty when I get in bed at the end of the day and wish I hadn’t snapped at one of the kids during a moment of stress, I feel guilty that I didn’t spend enough time with one of them because another one took up more of my time, I feel guilty that I sat on my laptop in the evening catching up on emails and messages rather than chatting to my husband.

I feel like I need to create 6 more versions of myself then I might just get everything done (though I am pretty sure the prospect of having 6 more me’s in the house is a truly terrifying one for my husband, haha!).

 So, for now, I feel like I am keeping my head above water, but only just.

Seatown Dorset

Big Pink Link #77

Well hello there you beautiful people and welcome back to Big Pink Link once again! Yes, I am co-hosting again this week so head on over for a read of this to see what posts floated out metaphorical boats last week!

I am co-hosting this week with the very lovely, and Disney Mad, Hannah from Just Hannah Jane.

So, enough chitter chatter, who are our WOW’s this week? Let’s find out!

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 The first wow chosen by me is this one by Life Love and Dirty Dishes.

“My first WOW is this one by Life, Love and Dirty Dishes. Claire had me giggling my bloomers off due to this post about her experience of going to a ‘Build a Bear Workshop’ without any children. My fave quote from the post, “Do you want to kiss the heart and make a wish?”  Never do that again Claire. Ever…”


My second wow is this one by Me Being Mummy.

“My second WOW is this one by Me Being Mummy. It was so frank and honest and resonated with me so much. Motherhood is a gift, and I know we shouldn’t take it for granted, but sometimes it’s bloody tough and I think we are perfectly entitled to feel a bit down in the dumps about it all every now and then.“.

The winning wow from Lucy over at This Mum’s Life is this one by And then there were Two.

Lucy said, “The title says it all (Gender Neutral – Has it all gone too far?) Yes, it’s definitely gone too far, and the whole issue is now actually ridiculous!!!”

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Big Pink Link #76

Well, looking at the weather outside I think it’s pretty safe to say Summer has well and truly packed up it’s beach balls and left us now hasn’t it. It’s certainly feeling ‘Autumnal’ as my best friend says (it’s her favourite phrase and it drives her husband mad therefore I’ve had to use it on her behalf).

I hope you all had a wonderful break and are beginning to get back into the swing and routine of life. As much as I loved the break, spending time with the kids and having no school run, I do actually need to get some shite done in my life now so back to school has been a welcome relief to be honest with you. My house looks like a Tasmanian Devil has been let loose in it but in reality the carnage has been caused by a 3 year old, 7 year old and 9 year old (oh alright, and their Dad who is just as bad).

I am co-hosting this week with the very lovely, and super talented, Lucy from This Mum’s Life this week.

So, enough chitter chatter, who are our WOW’s this week? Let’s find out!

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 The first wow chosen by Laura from Five Little Doves is this one by And then there were two.

Laura said; “My first wow comes from ‘And then there were two’ for this hilarious guide to In the night garden. It had me howling, so funny and all so true!”.

The second wow chosen by Laura is this one by She sees.

Laura said; “My second wow is for ‘She sees’ and her 50 things to do in Autumn post. Just when I was feeling sad about the end of Summer this post reminded me of all the reasons why I love Autumn!“.

The first wow from Lucy over at This Mum’s Life is this one by The Mummy Bubble.

Lucy said, “My first wow is for The Mummy Bubble! This is a comprehensive and VERY true list of all the things you should definitely do before having children!”

The second wow from Lucy is this one by Trips with a Tot.

Lucy said, “Second wow is for Trips With A Tot! Another brilliant list style post, this a brilliant list of where to go in London with children. Me and my husband visited London a lot pre children, but are yet to do the tourist thing with them-I feel inspired to do it after reading this list!”

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