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Author: Kate Korber

I'm a passionate educator who loves helping teachers and parents understand how to engage our students in this digital world. I'm also a Mum who is learning to tackle the everyday challenges of being a parent of a our two year old Ella and new born son, Hudson!
Blissful Bellarine Getaway Giveaway!

Blissful Bellarine Getaway Giveaway!

This last weekend we travelled down to the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. Not quite two hours from Melbourne, it was the perfect spot to getaway on a Friday afternoon for one of the first real weekends in spring. Those who have a life long love of this beautiful part of Victoria will know, that it’s beauty stems from the sum of it’s parts. You see, you get not one, but many gorgeous towns, all a stones throw from each other. Based in Ocean Grove at the super cute Riverside Ocean Grove Motel, we spent the weekend visiting Queens cliff, Drysdale, Barwon Heads, Point Lonsdale and Geelong. Visiting a different spot throughout the day was spectacular fun and oh so easy to do. Before we start with a recap of our weekend, I need to begin by letting you know that we are giving one lucky follower the chance to experience a weekend away in this beautiful part of the world!

This is our BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER!

Bellarine Giveaway

THE PRIZE: One follower will win:

Two nights accommodation in a family room at the Riverside Ocean Grove Motel for January 19 / 20, 2018 – $255 per night

A Day Out With Thomas at the Bellarine Railway– $80 for a family of 4 on January 20

A lunch/dinner for 4 at Mr Grubb @Oakdene $150 inclusive of drinks

Our Sweet Treats Good Box upon arrival – $45

That is a total value of $785

TO ENTER:

Simply head to our Facebook Post Here and leave a comment sharing what part of the Bellarine Peninsula is your favourite, and tag a friend!

*For a bonus entry (but not compulsory), follow each of the business accounts (listed below) and leave a comment on my INSTAGRAM post letting me know you’ve followed everyone.

@riversidemoteloceangrove,

@mrgrubboakdene,

@our_sweet_treats,

@the_bellarine_railway

T&C’s: This giveaway closes on Friday 20th October @ 9pm AEST. This giveaway is in no way endorsed, promoted by or connected to Facebook or Instagram. Open to Australian Residents only who are able to travel on January.

Our beautiful stay…

As mentioned above, our weekend began by checking into the Riverside Ocean Grove Motel. Owner and Operated by a beautiful local family, you can tell that this place is meant to be enjoyed by everyone who stays there. Beautifully modernised, the family suite has two separate bedrooms, a large bathroom and well stocked kitchenette. My favourite find was the FOUR slice toaster. Quite possibly the best part of this accommodation is the fact that all of the rooms open out onto their own deck, overlooking the gorgeous pool and spa. Landscaped with gorgeous flowers and natives, there is also a huge BBQ area. This means that if travelling with family or friends, you can have your children asleep inside, but still feel safe and secure that you are together just outside.

When we arrived we were starving (being a Friday afternoon), and were beside ourselves to find a box from Our Sweet Treats:  some of the most delicious cakes, slices and biscuits we’ve ever seen, and devoured! The kids adored their Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol bikies, and Dan and I loved the slices!

Our next stop for the weekend was a fabulously fun Day out with Thomas in Queenscliff at the Bellarine Railway. Arriving about an hour before our scheduled time of 12.30pm, the kids set off on a trail of activities, from a jumping Castle, steam train tour, miniature railway and fire engine ride! As the conductor yelled ‘all aboard’, we all met the Fat Controller and set off on a 45 train journey on a vintage train. The kids loved waving at anyone and everyone along the way. Once at our destination, there was a quick train shuffle and we set off back to Queenscliff. The kids loved every minute of it!

Lastly, we finished our weekend with a delicious dinner at Mr Grubb @ Oakdene Winery. Set in a lush garden, with sculptures and a huge sandpit, the kids made friends with others, kicked the footy and played tiggy, whilst Dan and I enjoyed a couple of glasses of their wine. A fabulous kids menu meant that our normally  fussy eaters ate every morsel on their plate. The service was just wonderful, and nothing was too much trouble. Even blankets were provided to those of us wanting to sit outside, so we could stay a bit longer!

So with that, we present our amazing Blissful Bellarine Getaway Giveway. This is such an amazing opportunity for one special family, and I wish you all the very best of luck!

 

 

 

 

A little day out at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

A little day out at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Spring has well and truly sprung in Selvin! Yesterday, we had one of those glorious spring days as we headed to the Dandenong Ranges to check out the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is in its 64th year making it one of Australia’s longest running festivals. A proud family tradition, the Tesselaar family has been opening their farm to the public since 1954. I’ve seen pictures and heard about the festival over the years, but this was our first time attending. I must admit, I was unsure about what to expect, but was literally gob smacked when we arrived. Not only are there fields and fields of glorious colour, but dozens of amazing sculptures, market stalls and things to see and visit. It is truly wonderful.

After the kids ran up and down the rows of tulips, and we took a bazillion photos, we took a tractor ride around the farm!

We then headed to the stage to check out the Trolls Show – part of childrens’ week that is on right now! One of our favourite and most surprising parts was the beautiful fairy garden. Ella was completely captivated by the story telling fairy, who mesmerised the children with her version of the three little pigs! The kids climbed amongst the magical trees and even rode their own rainbow!

Some of my tips would include:

  • Bring along a picnic and rug, and have lunch amongst the flowers!
  • Buy your tickets before the event to skip the huge queue when you arrive
  • Head to the face painting early as the line is also very long
  • Make sure you check out when the stage shows are on
  • Wear your gum boots! Whilst it was dry, this is a farm and this means dirt!
  • Bring a good camera….the photo ops are like no other!
  • Get the treasure hunt flyer when you arrive. The kids can find their way amongst the Wizard of Oz characters and get a special prize at the end!

Some other interesting facts about the festival…

 

• This year there are over 900,000 tulips including 130 different tulip varieties on show. Set across 25 acres of gardens where visitors are encouraged to roam free, enjoying the wide open spaces.

• Well over a million spring flowering bulbs will be on display including tulips, daffodils, ranunculus and anemones.

• The garden display is planned over a year in advance, so before this year’s show has even begun, we will already be planning for 2018.

• They have have planted hundreds of blossom trees to add to their floral show including cherries, apples, pears, dogwoods, forest pansies and magnolias.

• Theesselaar Tulip Festival is home to the largest clog in the Southern Hemisphere, coming in at almost four metres long. It was carved by renowned chainsaw artist Robbie Bast.

• During the Festival, the staff wear costumes from the Dutch fishing village Volendam. This includes traditional Dutch farming shoes – clogs. Clogs have been worn in the Netherlands for hundreds of years (though they don’t often get around in them today). While wooden shoes might seem cumbersome, they are actually comfortable and light, being made out of poplar or willow. Clogs are waterproof and warm – perfect for a tulip farm!

To check out more information and purchase tickets head to their website here! The festival is on until October 10.

Peppa Pig Giveaway

Peppa Pig Giveaway

After her cinema debut earlier this year, the world’s most famous and loved pigPeppa Pig is back!

PEPPA PIG: MY FIRST CINEMA EXPERIENCE: PEPPA’S AUSTRALIAN HOLIDAY will be available to own on digital and DVD from September 20.

What’s even more exciting is the fact that we are giving away 5 Peppa Pig Prize packs to five lucky followers!

THE PRIZE: Five winners will win 1 x Peppa Pig Australian Holiday DVD, Peppa Ears & a Peppa Bag Tag.

TO ENTER: Simply head to our Facebook Post Here and leave a comment sharing your child’s favourite Peppa Pig character, and tag a friend!

Take part in one whole hour of fun, featuring all brand new episodes as well as exclusive new interactive content, where you can dance, sing and play along with Peppa, George and their new friend Daisy!

Join Peppa on her first Australian holiday as she visits her friend Kylie Kangaroo and family! On this exclusive four-part adventure see Peppa visit the outback for a BBQ, learn to surf, throw a boomerang and visit the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine!

Watch out for special new appearances from Mr Wallaby, a platypus and a koala! Plus 5 other brand new episodes, including a trip to London, a day out at the Zoo, a cruise along a canal and some advice from Policeman Panda!

T&C’s: This giveaway closes on Friday 29th September @ 9pm AEST. This giveaway is in no way endorsed, promoted by or connected to Facebook. Open to Australian Residents only.

GOOD LUCK!

 

Book Review: ‘The Birthday Thief’ by Wonderbly

Book Review: ‘The Birthday Thief’ by Wonderbly

You’ve surely heard of the ever popular ‘Lost my name’ series of books, where your child can star in their very own story, in search of their long lost name. In recent times, this clever company have also released ‘The Kindgom of You’ and most recently, have rebranded to become ‘Wonderbly’. Their latest offering is ‘The Birthday Thief’, a personalised story that changes based on the birth date of the child it belongs to. When their birthday is stolen, our protagonist follows a mysterious trail to find it. This is a book designed for a child’s birthday that will show them how special they really are, on this day and beyond.

By far the best thing about these stories are the chance to completely personalise the story using not only your child’s name, but their favourite things, their likes, their dislikes. You also include your child’s birthday, as it tells the tail of searching through lost lands to find their true age. Every story is unique, with a curious cast of characters personalized to your child’s birthday. So little ones born in June will encounter his royal highness, Lord June. While September children will meet Sir September. And that’s just the beginning… Put them at the centre of their birthday quest by choosing the beautifully-illustrated character that most looks like them!

Ella was able to include her favourites including dolls, pizza and cupcakes! Each and every night, she not only reads the beautiful tale, but also the inscription on the front page. Written by us, especially for her.

It’s unique gifts like these that bring utter joy and happiness to families, over and over. Books that you will treasure forever, that you will read together and look back on in years to come, wondering where that time has gone!

To order your own book, head to WONDERBLY here! You can currently get 15% to celebrate their birthday! The Birthday Thief is $34.95 (before discount)

 

Silvers Circus Ticket Giveaway

Silvers Circus Ticket Giveaway

ROLL UP ROLL UP SILVERS CIRCUS IS HEADING TO MARIBYRNONG!

with all your favourite acts and more!!……..

Established in 1976, Silvers Circus provides world class family entertainment and fun.

Silvers Circus is a household name in Australia and after almost forty years on the road has evolved into one of the Top 10 Circuses of the World. Silvers maintains all the sparkle, glamour and death defying acts expected of Australia’s premier circus, dedicated to constant innovation and modernisation with extraordinary artists continually arriving from all parts of the world. Silvers circus presents a line up of stunning international artists, Las Vegas style illusions and captivating production techniques.

We are thrilled to be offering our followers the chance to see it with their family these Melbourne school holidays! We’re giving away:

3 X Family Passes (Two adults, Two children) to a Silvers Circus Performance in Maribyrnong these school holidays.

Session to be chosen by the winner. Tickets to be collected from box office prior to performance. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter via the Facebook post HERE. Just comment on the Silvers Circus Post and tag a friend to be in the running. Comp Closes Thursday 21st September at 8.30pm. Winner chosen as random and notified via FB.

Silvers Circus

The 2 hour action packed show in the HEATED BIG TOP, featuring Ringmaster and Master of Illusion, Simon Tait includes:

  • Wheel of Steel. Two young men with nerves of Steel, Dominik Gasser and Merwyn Garcia run, jump, skip and flip through a routine of sheer physical ordacity, just as the apparatus they challenge defies description. Its wheels osolate and revolve from group level to dizzying heights. This spectacle will leave you chewing your nails and squirming in your seats! The Wheel of Steel…. (for strong constitutions only!!)
  • The Globe of Death. The world famous Phoenix Riders speed around inside a 3-1/2 meter diameter metal globe

on motorbikes, missing each other by mere millimetres.

  • Hoola Hoops. Up to 80 hoola hoops at once are managed while a balancing act is taking place upon a mobile mirror ball all at the same time
  • Clowns. Expect the unexpected. These acts are guaranteed to tickle the funny bone
  • The Roman Rings. A very unique act, which is performed with extreme strength and elegance. Little girls will be amazed by the beauty and grown men in awe of the control and physicality.
  • Ringmaster Simon Tait has over 25 years’ experience in circus and will mesmerise the audience with his celebrated illusions and audience repour.
  • Juggling Monchito. Meet the comedic stylings of the juggling Monchito! Ariel Barralle is a second generation circus performer from South America. In his years he has performed in several disciplines including trampoline, juggling, aerial straps plus performing with his family the traditional Argentinian dance of the Gauchos.
  • Agility, speed and precision is just some of what Yonas showcases here as he manoeuvres high above on unicycle after unicycle. Wheels are this mans thing and you will be surprised over and over again!
  • Cloud Swing. Madeline Bisby is a highly skilled aerial artist born and based in Australia. She combines stunning artistry with compelling elegance and beauty as she pushes the limits, and heights, on her edgy Cloudswing.

and with many more world class acts, Silvers Circus is guaranteed to tap into the nostalgia we all hold for a unique circus experience.

So Welcome to our world of spectacular family entertainment. There is no other circus like Silvers Circus.

For all show details visit – www.silverscircus.com.au

My favourite bingeworthy shows on Netflix

My favourite bingeworthy shows on Netflix

If you are anything like me, then you rarely get the chance to have the entire house to yourself. When you do, there always seems to be this stupid Mum guilt where we put the laundry as a priority over relishing in the peace and quiet, and watching something on the telly. I literally cannot remember the last time that I had the chance to just sit down and watch my favourite shows. So much so, that I don’t even know what my favourite shows are! Well, in a week school holidays will be upon us, and I will be taking the opportunity that good old day care provides (ie. kinder still continues in school holidays). I will be putting myself first and will be spending a few hours on the couch, catching up on something other than the latest episodes of Paw Patrol.

Even though we are renovating our new home, and currently living with my Mother in Law, we have once again fallen in love all over again with Netflix. You see, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t got the latest smart TV…as long as you’ve got a mobile device and wifi. Voila! But if you don’t want to waste time trying to find out what to actually watch, then I will save you your precious TV watching time and share with you my favourite recommendations!

Totally binge worthy shows that you can’t just stop watching after one episode. Nope, these shows are for the serious netflix junkie. If you’ve got a whole day to yourself, then lay back and get ready to enjoy some TV magic….

The Defenders : super heroes with a difference. Very cool show!

Lovesick: In his quest for true love, Dylan found chlamydia. Joined by friends Evie and Luke, he relives past encounters as he notifies all his former partners.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Tina Fey’s new show follows the tale of titular character Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), who spent 15 years in an underground bunker thanks to a doomsday cult and is now living in New York City. Her mission? To pursue a normal life.

Riverdale: In a town where everything is perfect, but nothing is as it seems!

So here’s hoping that you can sneak in some time for some Netflix shows this week! Let me know if you find anything worth watching!

 

Hood Mamma Edit Coolness

Hood Mamma Edit Coolness

You may or may not have recently seen the amazing collaboration shoot that we did with Motherhood Melbourne recently. An amazing idea that celebrate all things Melbourne : bloggers, businesses and services. Holly from Motherhood Melbourne brought together the most amazing team to help shoot and showcase gorgeous clothing and accessories for Mums and their babes. It was such an honour to be part of this team, to help shine some love onto some up and coming businesses. Having my children be part of the day was so exciting, and seeing the results made my heart sing. It’s amazing what can happen when people come together to support one another!

✖️ The dream team ✖️
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BEHIND-THE-SCENES //
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HOOD MAMAS //
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MAMA THREADS ETC. //
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KIDS THREADS N’ TOYS
Here are my favourite snaps from the shoot, featuring some amazing threads from the above businesses!