My Weekly Round Up And Theatre

This week I have been busy packing and preparing for our trip. I honestly can’t wait to get on that cruise on Saturday and immerse myself in a week of culture and music.

The weather has held out well for the week hasn’t it? With only the odd cloudy day, it’s been a glorious week. There has also been positive news on the family front, which is so wonderful to hear.

On The School Front

Don’t ask!

But I did buy a cake to celebrate it being a year since Jack started his GCSEs; thank goodness we aren’t going through that this year, it’s wonderful to see him settling into life at college and work. He seems so happy, as are we from being little he wanted to be an architect. I thought that was the best reason to get cake and celebrate.

Thorntons cake


This week I spent a sunny evening eating Thai food and watching Blood Brothers with my lovely friend Louise in Manchester. I never really fully knew the story, just had a vague idea. And wow it blew my mind; it’s such a powerful show with so many levels. It leaves you thinking about it long afterwards. In parts it is so funny the audience was laughing out loud, smiling along and then boom a dramatic end that breaks your heart.

Eating Thai Food in Manchester

Thai Food Spinning fields Manchester


Well, not really made, but prepared. As this will be our last summer having a balcony I am making the most of chill time on the balcony. This week a lovely new chair arrived from QVC from Amanda Holden’s BundleBerry range.

Chilling on the balcony with a Amanda Holden BundleBerry Chair

Chilling on the BundleBerry Chair

Check it out it’s all blooming gorgeous, I chose this chair because I can bring it inside and use as an easy chair or put it on the balcony on sunny days. It is so comfy, I love it, although it keeps moving to Jacks room, I am not sure how said chair is managing to move rooms, not one of the Christie household seems to have witnessed it? But the Dyson fan did the same until it took up permanent residence in there, he has the best kitted out room ever!

But for today it is in my room on my balcony for a little afternoon chill out time with a good book.


A new hair care regime with Tropic Nourishing Hair Cleanser, Hair Fest Deep Conditioning Oil and Hair Smooth Radiance Oil, now this is one subject I really know my stuff on this being a hairdresser, colour technician and lecturer for most of my career. Tropic is a brand that I keep hearing about, I have friends that rave about it.

What I love is that the brand is very honest about what they do and don’t use in their products, and keep them as natural as they physically can. If you are looking for vegan products or cruelty free beauty products then Tropic is your brand.

The first time I used them I have to say I was not sure at all, but I think that was more of a result of a clash of products from my previous shampoo (That does happen when you change brands) However since then I have noticed my hair feel soft and lighter. The oil is super concentrated so you cannot use a lot. Which also means the products go a long way.  And a real bonus is my hair has been less greasy between shampoos, it feels to have lasted longer. And as I have curly hair that takes ages to dry this is a mega bonus!

Tropic Hair Care Shampoo Conditioner and Oil

So is Tropic worth the money?

And my answer is yes, many off the shelf products are generally filled with bulking agents, which means you need more product, and they are runnier. Professional, high end products are concentrated so can last 3 or 4 times longer. However it is up to us to be mindful of this and not waste product. I like how my hair feels after using it and having very dry over processed hair there are not many products that make the grade.

And thats me for another week! Have an amazing week whatever you are up too.

A Quick Catch Up, My Weekly Round Up






The Reading Residence

Author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 40+ mum of teenage boys, sharing our family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog

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  1. 18th May 2018 / 12:41 pm

    I love your chair and the idea of sitting on a balcony with a cuppa and a kindle. Enjoy your cruise.

  2. 18th May 2018 / 12:55 pm

    That chair is gorgeous, looks so relaxing. Sounds like a perfect reason to all eat cake and that one looks delicious! Have fun on your cruise x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  3. 18th May 2018 / 10:37 pm

    Have a great time on the cruise.
    Ahh! That cake looks fab!

  4. 19th May 2018 / 8:41 am

    Yay for the positive news, I can imagine it’s much needed after the last few months you’ve had. I think I saw Blood Brothers in high school but do you know I can’t remember a single thing about it. The chair looks gorgeous on your balcony, perfect for curling up with a good book. Have a wonderful time on the cruise x

  5. 19th May 2018 / 10:46 am

    Blood Brothers is one of my favourite musicals, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen it and it never ever ever gets old and the ending still has me in pieces. Like the look of the cake!

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