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Month: September 2016

You can’t beat Bobux: New Summer Range

You can’t beat Bobux: New Summer Range

If you know me, you know that one thing I love and look for if great kids shoes. Beautiful, good quality, hard wearing, funky. Some brands create fads: blingy new ranges that come and go. Some look great, but don’t last longer than a few wears. This is wear Bobux is different. Fashion focussed with foot health in mind. Many of you may not know that Bobux shoes receive the tick of approval from Podiatrists, meaning that your little one’s feet not only look fabulous, but they feel fabulous too.

Since we last shared our love of Bobux with you, they have been busy bees themselves, designing and releasing new ranges with loads of cool designs.

For little ones, their Xplorer range now comes in variety of colour ways! The Xplorer is the perfect shoe for kiddies who are learning to walk. They are super flexible and lightweight which makes sure that they can move naturally when trying to take their first steps.

The Hi Tiger blaze, with synthetic leather, and micro armour outer and cotton melange lining, is a real show stopper! The vibrant Tiger not only makes these shoes look epic- but they are also designed to help your little one tell their left from right. If the tigers are facing each other- the shoes are on the correct feet! The animal design is also are made out of a handy water resistant fabric- which helps keep the water off during the colder winter months! These bad-boys also feature the new Bobux sole. Developed using the latest technology- the sole is designed to be super flexible, durable as well as provide enough grip on slippery surfaces. And for the cherry on top- these shoes also feature a scuff resistant, micro-armour toe cap which helps limit bumps and scuffs on the front of the shoe. Woo! These shoes are seriously awesome- developed and designed to be the perfect shoe for PLAY.

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And quote possibly my favourite for girls, the new SKIP and POP sandal range for summer. We all know that sandals that are super cool, sytlish and hard wearing are all our kids need for summer!

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Be sure to head on over to BOBUX to see their new range and purchase some for your little ones this summer!

kate

 

 

Melbourne Rocks: We Will Rock You!

Melbourne Rocks: We Will Rock You!

Brought to you by Nuffnang and We Will Rock You

Melbourne is the best city in the world. It really is. For those of you who are lucky enough to live here, no explanation is needed. There is just something about it. Over the last few weeks I’ve been faced with some of the hardest times of my life with the sudden loss of my Dad. My Dad worked in the city, in Collins Street for over 30 years. The city reminds me of my Dad and I simply love the memories I have as a family, heading into ‘town’ as Mum calls it, to head to the footy, to dinner or to an event that was happening.

One of the best parts of Melbourne life is theatre. Whether it is summer, winter, Monday or Sunday, there is always a stage show to go and see. Melbourne’s theatre culture is second to none (well, perhaps on pare with Broadway) as we host the big musicals and productions from Cats to Matilda, Phantom of the Opera to Les Miserable. Theatre life in Melbourne is incredible. It was with great happiness therefore that I looked forward to a night out with my beautiful cousin last week, to cheer me up last week and preview the new stage production of ‘We Will Rock You’ at my favourite, the Regent Theatre.

WE WILL ROCK YOU, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton is one of those shows that you are guaranteed to enjoy, singing along and getting involved with the audience. Over 16 million theatregoers in 28 countries have been thrilled by this engaging production. Featuring 24 of Queen’s legendary hits; We are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and of course We Will Rock You.

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WE WILL ROCK YOU is a futurist adventure set in the year 2350, a time when live music is banned on earth, but the kids are in rebellion, fighting against a diet of synthesized pop.

The multi-talented cast includes Gareth Keegan (Jersey Boys, Hugh Jackman – Broadway to Oz concerts) as Galileo and Erin Clare (Heathers, Phantom of the Opera) as Scaramouche. Brian Mannix, the lead singer of 1980s band Uncanny X-Men, will return to the musical stage as Buddy, and Killer Queen will be played by the extraordinary Casey Donovan (The Sapphires, Rent). Thern Reynolds (Rock of Ages, South Pacific) as Britney, Jaz Flowers (Hairspray, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Fame) as Oz and Simon Russell (ABC TV’s Jack Irish, Neighbours) as Khashoggi.

Crowned the UK’s favourite show at the Olivier awards 2011, British theatre’s answer to the Oscars. With Over 3600 standing ovations in the UK and 16 million tickets sold it is a show that you will thoroughly enjoy. Whether it’s with a friend, family (13 +) or a night out with work mates, I can recommend that you head into town early, grab a bite to eat (or a few sneaky champagnes) and just enjoy living or visitng a city that lives and breathes theatre.

For tickets head to We Will Rock You.

Losing Dad, finding Hope

Losing Dad, finding Hope

Three weeks on from losing our beautiful Dad, things are really only now becoming real. He really did pass away. Suddenly. He really isn’t coming back. I can’t believe I’m even writing this. Only four months ago I wrote about losing my Nan, after 93 years. A long and happy life. My Dad’s life was incredibly happy. However it was cut too short. Dad passed away in his sleep, something everyone ‘wants’ to do. Except when it’s 30 years too early. It’s as though he has vanished, the world has deleted him. And yet he is still here. Every where, in every thing, every thought. Dad would hate this. He would hate to see his family suffering, asking why, living this reality each day. And yet I also know that Dad would be wanting us to live our lives. To be happy. To make the most of each and every day. After all, that is what he did.

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At Dad’s funeral, we included this beautiful poem in his mass booklet….

He is Gone – A Poem by David Harkins

You can shed tears that he is gone,

Or you can smile because he lived,

You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,

Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

 

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him

Or you can be full of the love that you shared,

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

 

You can remember him and only that he is gone

Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,

You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,

Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes,

love and go on.

IMG_4840This was my Dad. Mark Patrick Sherlock. It’s hard to put into words a description of a Father who gave you the life of your dreams. He was not only the most amazing Dad, but he was a person we all wanted to be. Loving, kind, hard working, generous. Dad was a people person. It was actually very hard to find a photo of my Dad on his own. He smiled from ear to ear in each and every one. Dad created a life for us, that I hope I can create for my children. He epitomised happiness. He loved his job and worked with the RSL for over 30 years caring for those who have returned after serving for their country. He loved our Mum. Adored her. He gave her a ‘double kiss’ each time he said goodbye, and each time he came home. He travelled a great deal, and not matter where he was in the world, he would text Mum wishing her a good night…’don’t let the bed bugs bite’.

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When you lose your Dad, especially so suddenly you feel vulnerable. Bare. Exposed. The person who you knew would always protect you is no longer there. You have to grow up in an instant. You have to consider yourself an adult, who now has to rise to the occasion and ‘be’ the person they wanted you to be. Strong, brave, hopeful. Finding hope is hard at times like this. I hope we all can. I know we will with time.

As Fathers’ Day approaches, I’m feeling sad, scared, numb. I’m also feeling incredibly reflective, and so proud of the life he gave me, and the life he lived. Not everyone is able to say that their Father truly is their hero. I’m blessed that I can. My beautiful husband told me that he wants our children to love him the way we loved our Dad. Already I can see that they do, and my Dad would be proud of him.

So three weeks on after losing Dad, I am searching for hope. I’m searching for the things that can bring us comfort. The love of family and friends. The blessings of my children. The messages and memories shared from near and far. I hope they keep coming, they help more than you know. Grief is exhausting. People ask you how you are, but you don’t know how you are, or what to say. You know that people don’t know what to say either. You just put one foot in front of the other, and do your best. People say it gets easier with time. I hope so. I know it will. In the mean time we are surrounded by incredible support. In my previous post I talked about it ‘taking a village to raise a parent’. Well it also takes a village to help you when you lose one.

My fridge is covered in photos of our family. Of my Dad’s smile and his love of life. I want to keep him ever present in our thoughts and in our reality. He may not be here in body, but he is most definitely here in spirit. He is still my Dad. Always and forever. This brings me hope and a smile. We can close our eyes and pray that he will come back, or we can open our eyes and see all that he has left. A life of memories and love.

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losing dad

kate