Four images. Top right - Close up of a ladies face (me). Top left - Man and woman (me and Darren) sitting in cinema seats. Bottom left - lights and twigs in a vase. Bottom right - Mother and daughter (me and Lauren) at a John Courtney show.
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Cinema, John Courtney and other news!

Welcome to my September news post. This is where I talk about what we have been up to for the month of September. It has been a nice month where things almost felt ‘normal’ like they did before 2020! Talking about the films we watched at the cinema, a night out to see John Courtney, the start of year nine in our home school and more. 

Cineworld unlimited

Long-term followers will know that I use to have a Cineworld unlimited card as I love going to the cinema to watch movies. There are no distractions at the cinema and no one to disturb me with questions or requests! I use to go with my oldest daughter who also had a card and then when she stopped going, my middle daughter got a card so I had a new partner in crime to see movies with. 

Eventually, Chloe got rid of her card so it was just me, and then at the time, life seemed too busy and I was not going enough to justify the cost so I got rid of my card too. It was something that I had been missing although I was glad that I didn’t have to worry about it when all the cinemas closed! 

This time, Darren has decided to get one with me so we can have a weekly cinema date night which I am really pleased about. Here are the movies we saw this month and what we thought. 

Jungle cruise

This was a Disney movie that starred Dwayne Johnson. Two of my favourite things! It was rated a 12A and also starred Emily Blunt, and  Jack Whitehall as well. As you can probably guess from the title, the story centers around a trip down the Amazon in a boat. However, there are supernatural forces at play and a little romance too. There was a twist towards the end of the film that I honestly did not see coming. 

I thought that it was a really good film which I enjoyed very much. It is also worth mentioning that Jack Whitehall did a very good job. My husband is not a fan of Jack in acting roles but even he said that he thought that Jack did really well. 

Free guy

Free guy is an action comedy adventure film rated 12A. Ryan Renolds and Jodie Comer star. The story is based on the characters in a video game. Ryan plays a background character who develops his own mind and decides that he does not want to be in the background anymore. The plot was fun and it was done in a way that gave it some actual believability, which was very clever. 

I really enjoyed this film. In fact, both Darren and I agree that it was the best movie we saw in September so I am awarding it my movie of the month award.

Popcorn with wording in the middle that says 'movie of the month' with five gold stars underneath.

Shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings

Shang-chi is another Marvel film and I am a fan of Marvel movies so I was very excited. It did not disappoint, although it had a very different feel to the typical superhero films that Marvel often produces.  The storyline was interesting and parts of the movie were very sad (I must confess, I did cry!). 

The story is centered around Shang-chi, played by Simu Liu. He has moved away in an effort to forget his past but his past will not be forgotten. Well worth a watch. 

12 mighty orphans

12 Mighty Orphans is based on a true story about a high school coach who puts together an American football team at an orphanage. The film is set in Texas during the great depression. It is rated 12A.

I did not think that I would like it as it was based around a sport and I am not very keen on sports. However, it was actually a really good movie. There were underlying themes illustrating the power that self-believe can have on children and it was very uplifting to watch. 


The final movie we watched in September was called Sweetheart. It was a British film that follows the holiday of a family staying at a seaside holiday park in a caravan. The main character of the movie is AJ (played by Nell Barlow), a 17-year-old who doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the family. 

This movie is rated a 15 and it was a good watch. It was not as humorous as I had expected but still a nice film with an enjoyable storyline. 

If you are considering signing up for a Cineworld unlimited card then you may like to use my code. If you are one of the first twelve to use it, then we will both be given a free month of unlimited added on to the end of our first year. My code is RAF-79BF-39BA-83UX-24LC and you enter it into the promo code box when you are signing up. 

The start of year 9 in our home school!

It seems crazy to think that we started homeschooling when Faith was in year six and she is now year nine! Where has the time gone? We have started the year doing a movie topic. We are watching movies from different genres and discussing the underlying themes of the movies and the power that film and the media have. Each movie gets a written review from Faith and then we are doing other bits of work that meet the theme.

So for example, when we did animation we did work on flipbooks and also drew Simpson characters for art. When we were looking at Shakespear we wrote sonnets. Our language this year is German and we are also doing some work on life skills and sex education. For English, we have started by doing a unit of work on non-fiction travel writing that is similar to what the schools are doing for year nine English. 

With the colder wet weather, PE is mostly from YouTube. There is such a variety of workouts on there. For maths, we have gone back to basics as that is an area that Faith struggles with. In Faith’s independent time she is working on coding and streaming. She has also recently gotten into chess as well. 

John Courtney 

John Courtney started his first official tour in Ipswich after winning Britain’s Got Talent. I went to see his show with my oldest daughter Lauren. It was very good. He comes across as such a nice man, really genuine. His show was a mix of comedy and stories with some excellent performances. We were really pleased that we went. 

Jon Courtenay makes BGT final : News 2020 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide
Image credit: Chortle

In other news

If you follow on Instagram then you may have seen my hair disaster! It did grow on me though, although now it seems much blonder with dark blue roots I am not so keen. I am hoping to colour it again soon but with a different brand so hopefully, it will take to the whole head of hair! I just need to decide on the colour. 

Some exciting blog news that happened this month was that I found out that this blog is currently 19 in Feedspot’s Top 30 UK family lifestyle blogs. This was a nice little win, that uplifted my spirits. 

Darren and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. We just went for a meal and a trip to the cinema. Next year, will be 20 years so I guess we should do something special. 

So, that is all of my September news. I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and I would love to hear from you in the comments. 

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