Knitting Dolls

Did you have a Knitting Nancy or knitting doll as a kid? I did. When I lived in Townsville we went to the boat club for their annual Christmas party. Santa Claus arrived by helicopter and presented all kids there with a gift. I got a Knitting Nancy and loved it!

This is the Knitting Nancy I had as a child.

This is the Knitting Nancy I had as a child.

I had to drop the kids off early at school to be home at a certain time to work on things. Due to the twins being early for class they have taken to going to the library to look at books and to colour in. One of the teachers gave Julia a home made knitting doll well, not really a doll but more of a version with a toilet roll holder and paddle pop sticks. She is loving it. She is now taking her knitting everywhere and has announced to hubby that she is going to make him a scarf.

Julia's knitting. She has done such a great job so far.

Julia’s knitting. She has done such a great job so far.

Look nearly poking out of the holder. Julia is very proud of the fact that she is creating more and more each time. Daddy will have a scarf soon.

Look nearly poking out of the holder. Julia is very proud of the fact that she is creating more and more each time. Daddy will have a scarf soon.

What her DIY sewing doll looks like. Such vibrant pink wool!

What her DIY sewing doll looks like. Such vibrant pink wool!

Both kids seem very interested in knitting and this technique to create things. I have ordered both kids a wooden doll knitter and in fact they are Fairy Knitting Dolls below that I have purchased from Gumnut Toys

These are the fairy knitting dolls that I have orderd for the twins. Cannot wait till they turn up!

These are the fairy knitting dolls that I have ordered for the twins. Cannot wait till they turn up!

As the above images have shown you can do this type of knitting without any fancy tools or devices. You can make your own. I love this. I searched the internet and found a great DIY Post from Heidi from Hands Occupied. She gives a great guide on How to create a DIY Knitting Loom & Knit with it.

Have you created one of these DIY looms/knitting dolls? I am amazed that Julia is getting such joy doing this knitting and task. She is learning a new skill and creating something at the same time. Her sister also is keen and has given it a go. I loved my Knitting Nancy as a kid. I created such wonderful creations, mainly big snakes. What have you created or remember you made with yours?

With many children sitting and watching screens these days, doing something with your hands and creative is a great idea. I hope that I can remember how to work the knitting fairies when they turn up. I also had no idea that the girls would love doing this. I thank the teacher at the school for giving the girls something to keep them busy, creative and a new skill to learn.

Julia loves it and is even taking her knitting to bed to do it before she falls asleep. So cute to watch really. Such a fussy pot now with her knitting and no one can touch it. I secretly took the pictures of her knitting and have put it back carefully in the bag in her room. Yes I don’t want to get into trouble!

What have your kids tried that you did as a kid? I think that this type of toy is timeless. What are your thoughts?

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Remove Pests with Trusted

Termites. Image courtesy of panuruangjan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Termites. Image courtesy of panuruangjan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

August is nearly upon us and soon it will be spring. Warmer weather will soon be upon us and that in turn can lead to unwanted visitors in your house and yard.

Do you find that when the weather heats up you get more spiders, ants, or wasps? Getting an expert to ensure your house is protected is a good idea.

If you have children or animals it is something that you need to be on the lookout for. The twins have a cubby house and other toys in the backyard. I regularly go and give them a once over. I spray with insect killer but nothing will do a better job than engaging a professional to give the house and garden a once over.

We had a big issue with wasps last January. A wasp’s nest was found in our backyard and had to be removed. While we got that taken care of the pest man made sure that all spiders were seen to also.

Lately we are getting ants in our kitchen which is very annoying! Do you have this happen to you? It is not all the time just every now and then. I have cleaned up and sprayed and they come back. I think a pest man needs to come and zap them so they leave me alone and my kitchen. Maybe they just love my cooking?

Getting regular pest control is wise. It will be very costly if you have to rebuild or in the short term live elsewhere.

Below is a quote from the Trusted Pest Management Website:

“Statistics show that at least 1 out of every 3 homes in Australia will experience termite problems. This means that if you live in a quiet street with 30 homes, at least 10 of them will get these unwelcome visitors at some stage.”

Below are some pests that pest control can help rid you of:

  • Cockroaches
  • Rodents
  • Spiders
  • Grain Beetles
  • Weevels
  • Ants
  • Indian Moth
  • Sliverfish

Trusted Pest Management can help get your house and yard all pest free. If you have allergies or are sensitive to chemicals just let Trusted Pest Management know and they will tailor a solution.

"Termite damage" by Alton - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

This image shows how badly a house has been damaged by termites. “Termite damage” by Alton – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The products that are used are safe for kids, pets and food. How great is that! They are water based products, have no colour or odour and don’t stain.

Hubby and I are looking at getting the house done again to make sure we are safe from any nasties and to ensure that our house keeps on standing. Who has the money to rebuild or relocate if something bad happened? (I know some do, but we don’t. Maybe one day when I am very rich!)

Do you have a time each year that you engage a pest management business to come and make your house safe? Is it something that you do regularly or when you need to? We have not been that regular on our inspections. This is something that we must correct to make sure we know all is safe and well.

Let us know what you do each year to ensure your house is pest free. Send in your comments.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Trusted Pest Management. As a parent it is essential to take care of your environment to protect you, kids and pets. We did have an infestation of wasps in January of 2013 and we could not leave the house without the threat of being stung! Pest control allowed us to remove the wasp nest and remove spiders and other dangerous things.

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You Can PayPal Anywhere

Pizza paid for by PayPal. Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Pizza paid for by PayPal. Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

We have used it to buy pizza from Domino’s, paid our phone bill with Telstra, purchased honey online, and now paid for movie tickets. What is it you ask? It is PayPal. Do you use PayPal? Do you love the convenience of this brilliant service?

I have noticed lately that more businesses are using PayPal, check out a full list here. They are tapping into people with money that is usually sitting dormant. They would love to use but cannot due to organizations not offering this as a payment option.

If you have a bit of money in a PayPal account it is quick, easy and allows you to not use direct funds or your credit card for small purchases. I know many use PayPal for Amazon, EBay and the like, however it is interesting that more main stream corporates are cashing in on this great way to do business.

Are you new to the whole idea of PayPal? This will help you know more.  Did you know that you can order coffee while you are on the train and it will be ready when you get to the cafe. All you need to do is to pay on the go! How easy is this! Amazing really. No waiting, just arrive and pick up your coffee and go straight to work.

Coffee purchased via Pay as You Go. Image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Coffee purchased via Pay as You Go. Image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

One of the twins wanted to go and see Rio2 at the cinema. I looked online and saw that you could book tickets online. Once on the link it then sent me off to a PayPal page to purchase. Once all done, I have now got an email with ticket confirmation and a bar code. I can either print it out or show the email on my smart phone to be green and save paper.  How savvy are the cinema to be adopting this technology to increase sales and to make it easier for their customers.

The kids are now super excited to be off to the movies and I am keen to see how the process works when we get to the cinema when we show our ticket on my phone.

Where have you used PayPal and how did it make things easier? Do you love it? Has it made it better and quicker? I think it has for me. Send in your comments.

Note: This is not a paid post for PayPal. I just love the service and wanted to showcase how major stores are now adding PayPal to their payment options.

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Five Great Gift Ideas For Your Man

By and large men aren’t the most complicated creatures. But that doesn’t mean buying them a gift is an easy process. Let’s look at the typical options. Socks are handy, but not really exciting. Underwear is essential, but a little bit impersonal. And the latest version of MYOB is probably going to be handy come tax time, but that doesn’t mean it’s a great gift.

When it gets to that gift-giving time of year it pays to plan ahead. Read this guide and get ready to make your man’s day with the presents that will have him feeling like a million bucks – and have you feeling like a regular Kris Kringle.

Cooking lunch on the BBQ. Image courtesy of graur razvan ionut / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Cooking lunch on the BBQ. Image courtesy of graur razvan ionut / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

BBQ

Ah, is there anything more manly than barbequing a couple of snags on a summer’s afternoon. Give your man the gift that doubles as a present for yourself. Barbequed meat smells and tastes great, requires minimal clean up and is a great way to trick your man into actually cooking for the family! Head online to a site like www.barbequesgalore.com.au to gauge your options.

Novelty Shirts

If there’s a clothing item men like more than novelty shirts, we don’t know about it. “Same Shirt, Different Day”, “What’s Wrong with this Pitcher?” and, “My Other T-shirt is Clean” are timeless classics you wouldn’t want your man wearing to a dinner party, but are fine for around the house.

Sports Memorabilia

There’s something about a framed jersey with signatures scribbled all over it that really make a man weak at the knees. Ask your man about his favourite sporting team, jump online and see if you can find yourself a bargain. If you buy it at the right time, sports memorabilia doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank (particularly during the off season) and with a little bit of savvy online shopping it’s not too hard to secure yourself a sweet bargain.

Retro Video Games

Help your man unleash his inner 12 year old with a retro video game table. He relive the great triumphs of his youth playing Frogger, Ghallagher and the ultimate test of someone’s mettle, Ms Pacman. Again, jump online and shop around. With a little bit of snooping you can probably find some decent tables without having to take a substantial hip pocket hit.

Accessories

What man couldn’t use a stylish watch? Turn your special guy from zero to hero with a nice timepiece, fancy wallet or even some bling. A stylish European carryall is probably a step too far, so just use your best judgement when you’re figuring out what you’re going to get. Consider this a way to give your man a gift that is kind of a gift for yourself at the same time.

What do you think of this list? Are there any other tips or tricks that you would add? Do you disagree with any of the suggestions? What’s the best gift you’ve ever given a man? Leave any questions, comments or queries in the section below and thanks for reading!

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Helping Other Mums

Catching up on some much needed sleep. Image courtesy of tiverylucky / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Catching up on some much needed sleep. Image courtesy of tiverylucky / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

While the kids were on school holidays, I took them to an indoor play centre. The weather was extremely windy and thought rather than sit miserably cold at a park, why not be indoors.  I also did not want to have a tree fall on me or branches fall on us.

Not many people were there and there was one mother with her three kids, one the girls age, the other about two, and one a baby. She was frazzled and just in need of some time out. I understood! Being the sole carer and having no friends or family near by is hard. I sometimes lose the plot with two kids and cannot image an extra at the moment. Although I do think that if I did have another baby now the twins would be super helpful. We recently visited their baby cousin who is now four months old and they were acting like big sisters. Fussing, taking care of her and making sure she had her blanket on. It was super cute.

I ended up chatting to this stressed out mum while I was at the play centre and  I helped her out. I felt for her. She did not have a lot of money and did not have her license so she relied on public transport. This is a big thing to handle when you are not feeling the best and dealing with three kids. Plus dealing with the whinging of the kids, “I’m hungry!’ and “Are we there yet!”

I helped with the baby, gave her older child some kind praise and encouraged the girls to play with her to make her included in the kids games. This allowed this mum to have some time to have a tea and put her feet up for a small window. Not a lot but a little bit helps.  I thought of this frazzled mum when I read the story about a mum who fell asleep at a play centre. Another mother stayed and looked after her child while she rested and only left the centre once this mother woke and all was okay. Very nice indeed!

This mum who slept at the play centre was extremely embarrassed and upset that she had fallen asleep. To do this, this woman must have been utterly exhausted and sleep deprived and I do understand.  This story and the lady I encountered made me think it was nice that there are people who take the time to help. I was glad that I was able to give this woman some help and kindness when she needed it, not like one woman years ago at the same centre.  I asked her to watch my kids for small moment while I go to the bathroom. I was chatting to her, my kids were playing with hers. So I thought it would not be a bad thing to ask. She gave me a filthy look and said, “What do you want me to do?” Talk about rude!

Acting like this to others is just plain horrible and not helpful. God forbid you were in jam and needed the help of another person. I hope they help you and not ignore your plea. For those that have this horrid attitude about helping or being kind to others, I hope that karma dishes you up something delightful. If you don’t help why should you be helped in the future. Well that is my view.

I was glad that I helped this lady out the other week, and I hope that she managed to get more of a break. Talking to her I found out that her husband works shift work and long hours and she is in a town where she knows no one. That is hard. I tried to give her some things to do or to seek out that might help her. Playgroups, Mother groups, and so on.

Have you helped another mum? Or was it just someone that needed a helping hand and not a mum? It could be anyone.

Be kind and help someone if they need it. Have a great day!

 

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Get Up Close with Dinosaurs

Do you need an idea of where to take the kids? Well this one will keep kids and adults occupied for hours! Yes the whole family will find something of interest. Recently we took the twins to the “Tyrannosaurs, Meet the Family exhibition at The Australian Museum.” It was amazing and very interactive for the kids. So if you need somewhere for the kids that is different and also educational this is a great place to go!

Excited and cannot wait to go and meet the Tyrannosaurs

Excited and cannot wait to go and meet the Tyrannosaurs

 

Here is a sneak peek of what the exhibition is like.


When we all walked in the kids were super excited and we did not know what to expect. There was a walkway and to each side screens with video on them. On the screen was images of Sydney one at the Opera House and the other looks like it is Phillip Street. The video below shows what happened when we went through this walkway to access the exhibition.

I obviously did not care if my kids or hubby were attacked by a dinosaur. I was too busy giggling and filming on my iPhone.

Once we were at the exhibition there were places for the kids to touch dinosaur bones, interact with the screens. This interactive screen allowed you to click on an egg, hatch a baby dinosaur and drag it onto the right time where they would have lived. I had no idea when where to put them but it was very clever and a fun way to get kids interested and involved.

The girls playing with the touch screen.

The girls playing with the touch screen.

There is now a dinosaur on the loose

There is now a dinosaur on the loose

 

A Dinosaur Shadow Comes to Life

Turn the volume up to experience full roar!

The twins were rather shocked that the shadow came to life. The noise was very loud!

We had tickets that allowed us entry at a certain time. I think we could enter at 12.30, so we had time before we went to the Tyrannosaurs exhibition. This allowed us to see the rest of the museum as well. It was a good experience for the kids. In the bone and skeleton section there was a lady with bones and items that kids could touch. She told the kids all about the bones and asked questions of the girls. One thing that she asked the twins was why is it that the pelican bones are so much lighter and more hollow than the elephant or other bones. The answer of course was barbecue pelicans fly and need lighter bones to be in the air. Yes the girls got that one right!

Domestic Bliss. Reading the paper while the dog is at your feet. The cat is chasing a mouse. While the bird is in its cage.

Domestic Bliss. Reading the paper while the dog is at your feet. The cat is chasing a mouse. While the bird is in its cage.

A horseman on his horse. Yeehaa!

A horseman on his horse. Yeehaa!

The girls at one of the skeleton remains of a dinosaur.

The girls at one of the skeleton remains of a dinosaur.

We also looked at some very nice and big lumps of gemstone! Yes I would have loved to have left with a lot of it in my bag. I know it would be obvious I would have it as I could not lift it and therefore, would have to drag my bag out of the building. Plus it is all behind glass and I would not be able to get to it is a big deterrent and of course getting to trouble is BIGGER ONE!

Just amazing and impressive gemstones on display.

Just amazing and impressive gemstones on display.

More About Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family

How much are tickets?

$62 for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids if you buy at the museum on the same day

$57 for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids if you purchase tickets in advance

Kids under 5 are free!

You can see all the museum as well as the Dinosaur exhibit with this ticket. Great value to see everything.

If you are a member of the museum it is cheaper.

When does it end?

The Tyrannosaurs exhibition closes on July 27th. Better get there to experience the fun before it ends.

A Bit of Fun

You can download the Tyrannosaurs Photo Bomb App and enter the competition to win tickets and a trip to Sydney.

Hope this has given you another idea for the kids. After we left the museum we decided to go to the Botanical Gardens so the girls could run around and get some energy released, this worked out well as we had a long trip back to the mountains. I find it best when kids can have some time playing and running around before they get back into a car where they cannot move much and are rather restricted.

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Cheap School Holiday Fun

Have you wondered what to do with the kids these school holidays? Worried that if you take them somewhere or do anything it will cost you? Well I have a list of fun things to do that will not break the bank. Yes these fun things will keep the kids happy as well as your bank balance.

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1. Playdough Fun

The night before I made a whole batch of playdough. I created multiple colours and also some had glitter in them as well. I added the food dye to each batch and made sure they were very bright vivid colours to make it even more fun. (Make sure you wear gloves as my hands were stained for a couple of days – yes I had green and red hands)

Playdough - In resealable bags so that the dough remains fresh and does not dry out.

Playdough – In resealable bags so that the dough remains fresh and does not dry out.

I gave the kids cookie cutters, rolling pin, tooth picks and more so they could make patterns and be as creative as they wished.

I made the playdough  recipe from McKenzie’s Cream of Tartar for playdough as it gives a nice smooth fluffy feeling. If you use this way to make playdough it will come out so nice and soft, it will be just like the ones at the store. Yes you heard that right!  Give it a go and see. Make a big batch and put it all in containers for a rainy day. The kids loved this and played with the dough and their creations for hours.

 

All the kids playdough creations drying. Once all done we can have them on our shelves to display. Don't they look amazing.

All the kids playdough creations drying. Once all done we can have them on our shelves to display. Don’t they look amazing.

2. Baking Fun

My girls love to make cakes and of course after the cake is in the oven, they love to lick the mixing bowl and spoon. I did that as a kid and it is the best as the mixture always tastes wonderful and so chocolatey!

I created a marble cake and added a vanilla cake mix to a chocolate one that had chocolate bits added to it as well. Once mixed in it created a marvelous marble mixture and looked great once it was cut into. Sorry I did not get any other pictures than the one before it was all eaten. Yes it was that good. Maybe I should be a masterchef????

Yummy Marble Cake - Get your little chefs busy with this easy to make cake

Yummy Marble Cake – Get your little chefs busy with this easy to make cake

If you have a packet cake mix this keeps things easy and all you need to do is add the eggs/egg and milk, stir and then put it in the oven. Simple cake made! You can ice it or add chocolate bits like we did, the choice is yours. Enjoy!

3. Painting Fun

I wanted to get the kids painting, and I did not want a paint that causes issues with clothes or bad if you accidentally eat it. So I made my own paint. How I hear you ask??

These are the ingredients I used:

  • Cornflour
  • Water
  • Food dye

I started with 1 cup of cornflour and enough water to make a paste. I created all the mixture before I added the colour as I wanted different colours that would allow the kids to paint a picture and not be restricted to two colours only. I added the mixture without the colour into a cupcake tin and then added the colour to each area of the tin.

I decided to make, yellow, purple, orange, blue, green and red. I ended up using more cornflour as it was not quite a paste consistency and I used more water than I should have as it was my first attempt on making this. To make each paint set I put in the freezer to set. I am not sure if that is the done thing but it worked out quite well.

It might have been in the freezer for a bit long but after adding a bit of water with the paint brush the colour melted a bit and it was just like real paints but with cornflour and water.

Having fun painting.  Such creative artists.

Having fun painting. Such creative artists.

Great paint mummy! What else can I paint?

Great paint mummy! What else can I paint?

 

4. Movie Fun

It is always fun to watch a film you have never seen before and to have lunch. I fed the kids some food while they all sat and watched Frozen. Yes we are late to the party and have just seen Frozen.

Mesmorized watching Frozen

Mesmerized watching Frozen

Now all the kids are singing is, “I want to build a snowman!” AHHHHH Oh well, so glad they loved it and sat still to watch it. Winning I think!

So grab a film that no one has seen as it will capture their interest for longer. If you want why not make a bed on the floor of the living room and make a treat of the film. You can even pop corn if the kids like that.

 

5. Park Fun

Around the corner of the house is a park. So I walked the kids to the park and they all ran amok at the park. One went on the swing, the other the monkey bars and one other was going down the slippery dip. Fresh air and exercise always helps keeps kids happy.

The park is free and if you are not near one you can drive to one and bring the bike/scooter the child can get more enjoyment out of playing with their toys.

Swinging is fun! I am doing it all by myself now mummy!

Swinging is fun! I am doing it all by myself now mummy!

Look at me, I can do the monkey bars all by myself. How clever is she!

Look at me, I can do the monkey bars all by myself. How clever is she!

I hope this list of some fun things to do with kids helps while they are on school holidays or for the weekends. Enjoy!

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Sew Gabba Gabba Shirts In 5 Steps

Do your kids love Yo Gabba Gabba? Mine do and in fact they are rather obsessed with the show and of course the characters. When the girls were about two we took them to see Yo Gabba Gabba at the Opera House. They were so happy and hysterical when their favourtie characters graced the stage. At the time Lillian’s fav was Foofa and it has remained. Julia loved Muno, and still does but now is wanting everything Toodee.

I of course was online and fell across an advertisement saying that Yo Gabba Gabba was going to be in Sydney. Yes another show! It was going to be at Luna Park and we were all lucky to attend last Saturday the 28th, and how amazing it worked in being the first weekend of the school holidays.

Sew Yo Gabba Gabba Shirts in 5 Easy Steps

Sew Yo Gabba Gabba Shirts in 5 Easy Steps

So what do you do for your very obsessed kids who want to look the part when they attend the concert of their dreams? You make each child a t-shirt with their favourite character on it. Yes that is what I did! What a nice mummy I am.

 

Here are the instructions on how I created these super wonderful shirts that would make any child obsessed with Gabbaland amazingly happy. Trust me, the twins thinks they are amazing.

 

What To Do:

Disclaimer: I am not selling these shirts or profiting by the Yo Gabba Gabba characters. I am just a mum that wanted to do something special for her kids.

Step 1: Pick shirts that are similar colours for the character you are wanting to add to the shirt/long sleeve top. I made sure to pick a bigger size as I did not want to do all this work and have the girls grow out of them too quickly.

Step 2: Find a picture of the character that you would like, Muno, Plex, Toodee, Foofa, Brobee, or DJ Lance Rock. I found that having just a head shot and limiting it to just top shoulders was best. This allowed me to Just focus on the face and spend time getting that right.

Once I had the picture of the character I made the image bigger in Photoshop. Once I had this image the right size, I then printed it out. I found printing with Microsoft word gave me the right alignment on the a4 sheet better than just printing the image itself. To make it easier I created a word doc of each character and then all I had to do was print.

I used these pictures, but you can find them all online if you do a simple Google search.

 

Step 3: You will need to print the same character several times. The reason for this is so that you can cut out all shapes that go into the character, eyes, pupil for the eyes, body, nose, mouth, teeth, whiskers, flower and so on. Think about what you need for each material colour and cut it out accordingly.

 

All the bits to make Foofa out of material. Getting there.

All the bits to make Foofa out of material. Getting there.

All the bits to make a material Toodee. Looking good so far.

All the bits to make a material Toodee. Looking good so far.

NOTE: Make sure to wash your fabric before use. You don’t want to spend all this time to then wash it and it shrinks or the colour in the fabric runs. I used cord for the dark pink on the Foofa shirt and it is fraying more than the Toodee shirt. Next time I will pick just plain cotton material and make the patch in that before I sew it on the shirt.

Step 4: Sew the bits to make the character. Do all the creating before you attach it to the shirt. It can get a bit fiddly but stick with it. You will be amazed at yourself when you are done. Trust me!

 

Step 5: Once you have your character all finished, pin to the shirt and sew it on. Now you should have finished shirts or one if you just making one. I have to do things in twos.

See the finished product

Here are the girls before the show at Luna Park wearing their new shirts mummy made

Happy girls with their new Toodee and Foofa shirts.

Happy girls with their new Toodee and Foofa shirts.

Here are some pictures of the day at Luna Park

Amazed and happy to be at the Yo Gabba Gabba Show

Amazed and happy to be at the Yo Gabba Gabba Show

The girls took their toys that we got at the last Gabba Show with them. They wanted Muno and Foofa to be there with them.  While the kids were dancing Foofa and Muno had a rest.

The girls took their toys that we got at the last Gabba Show with them. They wanted Muno and Foofa to be there with them. While the kids were dancing Foofa and Muno had a rest.

DANCING TO MUSIC IS AWESOME!

How cool to be so close to DJ Lance Rock and all the characters from Gabbaland.

How cool to be so close to DJ Lance Rock and all the characters from Gabbaland.

We had a 4pm show at Luna Park and when we left it was dark. The ferry trip was amazing for the twins. They loved seeing the city lit up.

We had a 4pm show at Luna Park and when we left it was dark. The ferry trip was amazing for the twins. They loved seeing the city lit up.

Managed a great shot of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city while on the ferry. Hubby did a great job with these shots.

Managed a great shot of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and city while on the ferry. Hubby did a great job with these shots.

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LEGO Movie Giveaway – Everything Is Awesome!

Have you seen The LEGO Movie? Did you love it? Missed your chance to take the kids to this AWESOME film? (Warning there will be an overuse of the word Awesome in this post – you have been warned)

The LEGO Movie is now on DVD and what better way to celebrate than to giveaway LEGO Movie DVD’s and 1 prize pack! Read on to find out more.

What Will You Win?

1 reader will win this Awesome Lego Movie Prize Pack:

  • The LEGO Movie on DVD
  • The LEGO Movie drawstring bag
  • Limited Edition Pyjama Emmet mini fit
  • The LEGO Movie welcome pack
  • The LEGO Movie sticker sheet
  • Hardcover Lego storybook
  • The LEGO Movie keyring
Limited Edition Pyjama Emmet mini fit

Limited Edition Pyjama Emmet mini fit – Emmet has 2 faces, just turn it around and it changes.

Limited Edition Pyjama Emmet mini fit

Limited Edition Pyjama Emmet mini fit – Emmet’s angry face.

2 other readers have a chance to win a copy of The LEGO Movie on DVD.

2 Lucky readers will get a DVD copy of The LEGO Movie

2 Lucky readers will get a DVD copy of The LEGO Movie. I got extras so more for my readers.

So 3 people have an opportunity to win an awesome prize.

Yes it is awesome.

 

How To Enter This Awesome Giveaway?

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How was The Lego Movie was made?

These great videos will explain all. Animal Logic in Sydney did the animation for this film and they did an awesome job!

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Good luck everyone and be awesome!

 

The twins at the DVD launch of The Lego Movie - #theLEGOmovieDVD

The twins at the DVD launch of The Lego Movie – #theLEGOmovieDVD

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Girls Give It Your All

As a mother to girls I am making sure I show them that they can be and achieve anything they set their sights on. Being a girl has nothing to do with what they wish to achieve. If they want something bad enough they can do it.

Tonight I saw this video about #LikeAGirl. The video shows us how the term “run like a girl” is a bad and negative thing to say. I personally never thought it was that much of a put down.
I am a girl and I can run so what is the issue! I do understand that people think that due to being female you will of course not do well at things and this is a way to push you down. I don’t believe sex and achievement have anything to do with each other. You will get there if you strive towards your goals.

This is a powerful video and it does give us
insight on how little girls just don’t care and give it their all!

However the older girls and boys have been taught by society, their peers and so on that it is fine to talk to girls and to make fun of girls in this way. It is very interesting.

Let me know what you think?

#LikeAGirl

 

I hope my little girls don’t ever lose their unique way of running, doing things and just being them. I hope they don’t act like what others perceive is what they are supposed to be. I hope they are true to them.

 

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