Life With Pink Princesses https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk A personal blog from the heart of a young Mum Mon, 02 Dec 2019 21:34:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 98180168 Enjoying The SSE Rewards For Disney On Ice https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/enjoying-the-sse-rewards-for-disney-on-ice/ https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/enjoying-the-sse-rewards-for-disney-on-ice/#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36290 Fun fact for you, I used to have weekly ice skating lessons and was pretty good at it. Ice skating holds a special place in my heart for many reasons and it’s a sport I really love to watch and participate in when given the chance. Teaming ice skating with my new obsession of Disney, …

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Fun fact for you, I used to have weekly ice skating lessons and was pretty good at it. Ice skating holds a special place in my heart for many reasons and it’s a sport I really love to watch and participate in when given the chance.

Teaming ice skating with my new obsession of Disney, you can just imagine how excited I was to be given the chance to go and watch Disney On Ice at the SSE Arena Wembley once again. Elsa’s first experience of the show was two years ago, with Eva getting her own dramatic taster back in 2015 and Freya had been a few years before that too. It’s a show that is timeless and I think I’ll always want to go and see it.

We bundled all three girls into the car on a cold Sunday morning to head to London for the Disney On Ice show. There are many travel options to pick from when you plan your journey, we had chosen to park in the Red Car Park which is a short walk from the SSE Arena. It literally took five minutes and was past lots of lovely restaurants and a cute undercover playground.

The lovely people at SSE had kindly invited us to come along and experience the SSE Reward benefits. This means we could take the side VIP entrance to enter the venue, a much quieter entrance so perfect if you have autistic children like we do. The SSE Rewards membership is free, you just have to be an SSE customer whether that’s with gas, electricity, boiler breakdown, broadband or phone.

The girls were really excited to see Disney On Ice, they’d picked out their favourite costumes. Eva was Rapunzel, Freya was Merida and Elsa, of course, was Elsa. I even put on my Minnie Mouse dress that I bought in Orlando for the occasion.

We got a seat in the Reward Lounge and the girls were given activity packs to keep them occupied. Hubby made use of the free jukebox to play a Frozen song. There’s a bar in the Reward Lounge serving drinks and some light snacks. We had a really pleasant experience in the lounge.

The staff inside the lounge were really attentive. We had an issue with the wristbands being too long, so a staff member with no questions asked went to get scissors to snip them. I watched other guests too and they were being treated the same way, nothing was too big or small of a request. A staff member also got us an extra chair without asking so that Hubby could sit down too.

We had been given seating in S10, this area had the perfect side view of the ice rink. The best seats in the house in my opinion. I actually love how the SSE Arena Wembley seating is very staggered, so even with a tall grown-up sitting in front of you, a young child could still see without disruptions. Hubby somehow got persuaded into purchasing a small popcorn that cost £5.

The show was as magical as I expected it to be. I definitely didn’t expect to see Finding Dory featured which was a nice surprise. Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic runs through quick snippets and scenes from the popular Disney movies. The performers are so talented and there weren’t any slip-ups.

The first part of the show is longer than the second half. The Reward Lounge is open during the interval but I figured by the time we got there, we would have had to come back. It is worth noting that the Reward Lounge has it’s own private toilets too so the queues would be less. By the time I got Eva and her huge Rapunzel dress to the toilet, it was time for the show to continue.

Of course, Frozen was our favourite part and I definitely get a bit emotional when you see all the characters come out on the ice for one last time. That sudden realisation that the magic is over and it’s time to enter back into the real world.

We had such a lovely experience at the SSE Arena Wembley for this years Disney On Ice. The Reward Lounge definitely made our experience feel so much more relaxed. 

Check out our video from the adventure below!

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Our tickets and Reward Lounge experience was gifted.

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Siblings 2019 – November https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/siblings-2019-november/ https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/siblings-2019-november/#respond Sun, 01 Dec 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36359 November was a full-on month in our household. We had so many weekends that were filled with fun thanks to my blog. We also saw ourselves thrown into Christmas which felt far too early. Do you have your decorations up? We put ours up a few days ago after a visit to Hyde Park Winter …

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November was a full-on month in our household. We had so many weekends that were filled with fun thanks to my blog. We also saw ourselves thrown into Christmas which felt far too early.

Do you have your decorations up? We put ours up a few days ago after a visit to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland finally got us in that festive spirit. Anyway, here I am with our November roundup. Enjoy!

Freya has developed a really interesting teenage attitude. I dread to think what it’s going to be like in two years when she becomes a teenager. It’s one of those attitudes where she believes she’s right when she’s not but won’t back down and gets grumpy.

In the past month or so Freya has started to talk about boys in a way that she has previously been far too embarrassed too. It’s quite nice to see her growing up but of course, it’s slightly terrifying thinking about her having a little “crush”. 

Freya had a really good parent consultation this month too. She is so settled at the new school now and progressing well, it’s nice to hear that she’s made solid friendships and her academic achievements are improving too.

Eva has had a lively month. She just doesn’t seem to stop bouncing. Her teacher said to us “I bet she crashes at home after school because she’s always happy and bouncy”, Hubby and I laughed because she just continues her hyperactive behaviours at home too.

I always feel a little sad for Eva. She’s the “normal” child between two rather complex and difficult sisters, but she does take it in her strides. She’s always amazing support for Elsa who relies on her for so much. The school say they play together at break and lunch, like two peas in a pod.

Eva had a brilliant parent consultation, receiving all A’s for her subjects, even some A*. I have had some slight concerns with her reading and memory but right now she seems to be doing so well.

Where do I start for Elsa! This little lady had a paediatrician appointment at the beginning of November where we wanted her to be referred for the autism assessment. Thankfully it was agreed. Then a week later we had her paediatrician phone us with concerns that Elsa may have what’s called Selective Mutism. I will discuss this eventually in a dedicated blog post, but I agree and so she’s been referred to the Speech and Language team.

I’m beginning to learn better ways of coping with Elsa’s complex needs. When we go to parties she’s started to wear ear defenders and this has significantly helped her to be able to enjoy certain situations. This makes things so much easier for us all.

Elsa has found a real passion for drawing recently. We will find her regularly with paper and pens drawing little people (I like to call them baked bean people). They are adorable. She also loves writing her name over and over.

It’s been a hard month when I think of them all three together. They haven’t been able to happily play as a three for a while yet play so lovely when in pairs. Freya likes to spend a lot of time by herself doodling away in her bedroom yet Elsa craves being near somebody so that person is Eva. I think Eva is the filling to our sandwich. The one who bounces between her two sisters. 

I am finding that they are becoming easier to manage on days out. With Freya getting older, we are trying to give her more responsibilities. However, at home, it’s so noisy! Three girls is a screech fest.

I’m hoping next month I’ll capture some cute Christmas photos of the girls together. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and I’ll be back for a Siblings post at the end of December.

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Marsh Farm The Father Christmas Experience 2019 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/marsh-farm-the-father-christmas-experience-2019/ https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/marsh-farm-the-father-christmas-experience-2019/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36289 We are now fully in November and it is totally acceptable to be talking about Christmas now. Although it did feel extremely weird to be visiting Marsh Farm for The Father Christmas Experience in the second week of November. This was our fourth year in a row and it’s definitely an experience that I’ve spoken …

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We are now fully in November and it is totally acceptable to be talking about Christmas now. Although it did feel extremely weird to be visiting Marsh Farm for The Father Christmas Experience in the second week of November.

This was our fourth year in a row and it’s definitely an experience that I’ve spoken about many times on my little corner of the internet and also in my real world too. So here’s our account of the 2019 Father Christmas Experience.

Tickets for The Father Christmas Experience range from £25.50 – £52 for a child depending on the date of your visit. Adults are half the price. It is an expensive grotto but I honestly believe it’s worth every penny.

We dusted off our Christmas jumpers for the occasion and it was a cold wintery day. Perfect for setting the festive atmosphere. When you arrive the children are given little backpacks which you’ll need as you wander around the experience.

You are requested to arrive about 15 minutes prior to your visit time, ours was booked in for 11 am on their press day for the experience. You are then asked to make your way to the Passport Control.

When you arrive at Passport Control, we was checked in by an Elf. I have to admit that during previous years, this initial contact was a little more magical and enthusiastic. This year felt like a normal everyday check-in for a day out. You are then handed Passport booklets and asked to wait in the seating area. 

It’s beautifully decorated in there and I love all the wooden walls that make it look like a Lapland cabin. There are Christmas decorations and a festive feel to it. A few Elves wander around, playing little pranks on each other and generally chatting with the waiting guests.

The waiting area seemed to be extremely busy with quite a few grown-ups/families standing. I think this could have been because it was a press day rather than a normal capacity day. It just felt much busier than previous years had been.

There are six different rooms with festive shows and treats. The first was the Elf Academy. This is a fun and engaging show with the Elves where they teach you how to become an honorary Elf. It’s a light-hearted show that gets the whole audience involved, the children are given magical wands to use to help fix a teddy bear.

After the show, you exit through a Secret Walkway which is sprinkled with snow and takes you towards another barn that has been completely transformed into a woodland theme.

This next show is called the Snow Show. This section of the experience has changed a few times over the year. The Snow Show is lead by an Elf called Shiver. The girls loved it this year especially when a giant polar bear arrived. Together, they made it snow and I have to admit I expected more snow.

We then got to walk through a beautiful snowy garden with the most gorgeous wooden reindeers. I really want some of those in our garden over the Christmas period and I’m sure they’d be easy to make? We wandered round in a group to Mother Christmas’ Kitchen.

The grown-ups definitely made quite a lot of noise in this room which I thought was totally unfair on the children trying to enjoy the experience, but it’s a smaller barn set out like a kitchen and the children sat on benches to listen to Mother Christmas. This section gets the children and adults involved in singing before heading off to decorate gingerbread men.

It was a little disappointing to find that they hadn’t put out enough gingerbread men or aprons for the amount of children booked in. We had to wait a while to be given ours and the whole thing felt a bit like a free for all rampage towards gingerbread men.

The girls were initially upset by the ordeal but as soon as they were given their biscuits to decorate, they loved it as it involves sweeties and eating biscuits. What more could a child wish for?

With gingerbread men in tow, we headed through to see Father Christmas. It’s another barn with a seating area. The Elves which accompanied us the entire experience, made a good effort to entertain us whilst waiting. They had the children dancing at the front.

Our wait has usually been quite short but this time we had been waiting for at least half an hour. There weren’t many families left after us and the girls had become restless and a bit chilly. I was quite grateful that there was a little toilet hidden inside that could be used too.

Visiting Father Christmas is the very best part of this year’s adventure in my opinion. This part never changes in the sense that it’s just brilliant each and every year. Father Christmas takes his time with his visitors, he engages in a welcoming and warm conversation.

Even Elsa who has never spoken to a Santa before said a few words happily and even smiled for the photo. He did tell Eva that he has been known to bring a dog for Christmas, so she’s now very excited that this year could be the year she finds a Chihuahua in her stocking. Freya seemed in awe of the big man too!

The last two stops for The Father Christmas Experience is Elf Ville and the Toy Shop.

Elf Ville has changed this year, there is now a much greater choice of cuddly toys to stuff and I love that! All three of my girls picked something different. I think I’ve said it every year that it annoys me that you have to pay extra for clothing considering the initial entrance price to the experience, but it sort of comes with the territory. 

You are given a Snowie (elf money) each that can be exchanged for a gift in the toy shop. This year’s selection seemed much better than previous years but it’s still the usual dolls, ponies, art and crafts and cars kind of toys. The girls love it every year. 

Whilst they were choosing I headed in to buy our photo. They offer a digital copy, mounting options and things like keychains. I paid £10 for a digital copy of the photo.

The entire Father Christmas Experience lasted about two and a half hours. The time really flies when you are immersed in the action and we all had a lovely time. It did have more faults than previous years, but I don’t think this affected our enjoyment of the day. I just have other years to compare to now and am probably a bit snobby.

We decided to head into the soft play to warm up and fill our tummies with delicious food. Then we explored the rest of Marsh Farm.

As always, we had a lovely time at Marsh Farm and I would honestly recommend booking this Christmas experience. It’s a day out rather than a quick grotto visit and I will still sit and say it’s the best we’ve been to. I hope you enjoy my video from our day out.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

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Pumpkin Patch 2019 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/pumpkin-patch-2019/ https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/pumpkin-patch-2019/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36294 I’m the type of person who lives for the summer time. The sunshine and hot weather. There’s no secret, I shout about it all of the time. But actually as the years go by I am learning to love the autumn vibes. One of my favourite things to do in the autumn is to visit …

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I’m the type of person who lives for the summer time. The sunshine and hot weather. There’s no secret, I shout about it all of the time. But actually as the years go by I am learning to love the autumn vibes.

One of my favourite things to do in the autumn is to visit a pumpkin patch. We went to our first one last year and we’ve had this years excursion in our diaries for a very long time as we all had such a lovely time.

Last year we went to Pumpkin Moon in Maidstone but sadly due to the weather in the lead up to Halloween was so wet, the pumpkin patch kept getting closed. I began to get a bit worried that we wouldn’t be able to go this year at all.

Thankfully Pumpkin Moon’s sister site managed to be open on the very last day of our half term, just a few days away from Halloween. We popped our wellies on and headed on our journey.

The above photos were for an Instagram campaign we was working on. I completely forgot to actually take some similar without the products in, so I hope you don’t mind them. I love the sibling one, it’s so cute!

It may seem a bit of a weird activity when you can buy a pumpkin from the supermarket but it’s so much fun! The girls absolutely love it and I definitely think we’ve found a cute annual tradition for us.

The prices at Pumpkin Moon are so good too. A giant pumpkin was £10! We couldn’t persuade Hubby for one of those, but settled for three smaller pumpkins and some teeny ones too.

Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch before?

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