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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!

 

 

 

 

Pop Up Globe Theatre Ticket Giveaway

Pop Up Globe Theatre Ticket Giveaway

Have you heard? A full-scale temporary working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, the second Globe, will soon pop-up right next door to the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl.  The world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe, the theatre Shakespeare and his company built and opened in 1614 after the first Globe theatre burned to the ground, is coming to Melbourne. From 21 September – 12 November 2017, Pop-up Globe will become the home of the most spectacular season of Shakespeare that Melbourne has ever seen.

We are thrilled to be offering our followers the chance to be one of the first to see one of the performances at this incredible event. We are giving away

1 double pass for the Friday 15th September, 8pm preview performance of Much Ado About Nothing. 

HOW TO ENTER: Enter via the Facebook post HERE. Just comment on the Pop Up Globe Theatre post or tag a friend to be in the running. Comp Closes Sunday Sept 10th at 8.30pm. Winner chosen as random on Sunday Sept 10th at 9pm.

See the legendary Beatrice and Benedick as you’ve never seen them before in Shakespeare’s original ‘rom–‐com’, Much Ado About Nothing. You’ll laugh and cry from start to finish as they navigate their way to love in this hilarious production which turns Pop–‐up Globe into an uproarious house party.

These tickets are C Reserve tickets and valued at around $50 each (just over $100 for the double pass)

For its Melbourne season, Pop-up Globe brings with it a travelling festival of four critically acclaimed productions – the riotous comedy As You Like It, the uproarious rom-com Much Ado About Nothing, psychological thriller Othello and the bloody war epic Henry V. Additionally, Melbourne audiences will be the first to see a specially-commissioned new show, Around the Globe in 60 Minutes!, which will thrust audiences into the maelstrom of history, allowing them to experience the triumphs and disasters that tell the incredible story of the second Globe Theatre.

As You Like It

An all-singing-and-dancing cast of fifteen bring you Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy, As You Like It. Set in 1642, and with gorgeous costumes to match, this zany production by our allmale company – complete with human sheep, bone-crunching wrestling, live music and lyrical poetry – will have you crying with laughter.

Much Ado About

Nothing See the legendary Beatrice and Benedick as you’ve never seen them before in Shakespeare’s original ‘rom-com’, Much Ado About Nothing. You’ll laugh and cry from start to finish as they navigate their way to love in this hilarious production which turns Pop-up Globe into an uproarious house party.

Othello

Witness Shakespeare’s ultimate psychological thriller in Pop-up Globe’s production of Othello. Take a journey into the diseased mind of the noble Moor as he’s consumed by ‘the greeneyed monster’; jealousy. The twists and turns in this powerful and dark production will have you on the edge of your seat. Henry V Shakespeare’s tribute to one of history’s greatest leaders comes alive like an action movie. Be part of the English army as the heroic King Henry takes on the French army at Agincourt in the face of impossible odds. No knowledge of history is necessary to enjoy this immersive theatrical experience complete with spectacular and blood-thirsty battle sequences, performed by sixteen men in full armour wielding broadswords, longbows, garottes, crossbows, bagpipes and a frying pan.

Around The Globe In 60 Minutes!

Step into history and experience the triumphs and disasters that tell the story of the second Globe Theatre: from the fascinating story of its construction by Shakespeare and company after the catastrophic mid-performance fire of 1613 to its decline and fall as the bloody English Civil War started in 1642. Along the way, expect to meet outrageous characters from its history, and to laugh, shout and cheer as a cast of five actors share the extraordinary tale of one of the greatest theatres in history: the second Globe.

Tickets for all shows available now: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 136 166 www.popupglobe.com.au

 

Kazoops Giveaway!

Kazoops Giveaway!

There is nothing better than supporting Australian made. If you are reading this, then chances are you have a home with young children, and chances are you probably watch a fair bit of ABC Kids from time to time, or…every day! So it’s great to know then, that some of the TV our kids are watching is produced right here in our own backyards. Kazoops is one of those shows that you may not realise is Australian. It has, however, found a global audience thanks to broadcaster CBeebies in the UK, and good old Netflix worldwide (also translated into 18 languages including all 78 songs!)

In case you didn’t know, or realise (like me), Kazoops is an animated TV series that follows the adventures of Monty, and inquisitive six year old with a vidid imagination. He kind of reminds me of my Ella. He also has a trust pet pig, Jimmy Jones. Monty confronts preconception about the world and sets out to challenge them embarking of wild and musical adventures with Jimmy Jones. Every episode gorgeously includes its own original two minute song. Love it!

Kazoops has recently launched itself into the world of literacy, releasing a series of story books and activity books. These books retail for approximately $9.95 each and are available on the shelves of Big W, Target and Dymocks. Ella and Hudson have had the chance to check the books out for themselves, and have loved reading them and playing with them whilst they watch the show at 5.55pm on ABCKIDS. It is also available on demand via ABCKids iView.

What’s even better is the fact that Aussie pre school kids are the first in the world to have access to these gorgeous books, and two lucky readers will have the chance to win a set of four! Valued at almost $40, two winners will win a prize pack each, comprising of:

  • I am Monty Story book
  • The Night’s alright story book
  • Sticker activity book
  • Activity book

To enter this competition, please head to my Instagram account to enter here!

 

Review & Giveaway: Itchy Baby Co

Review & Giveaway: Itchy Baby Co

*Please note that whilst this is a sponsored post, all opinions and findings are my own.

If you have a child that suffers from allergies and skin irritations, then you know the heartache that comes with trying to ease your child’s pain and discomfort when it flares up. My Ella, with her Irish red hair and milky white skin, unfortunately suffered her first Eczema break out in her first summer, when sun cream was applied to her arms and neck. In the common ‘sweat spots’ her skin quickly becomes dry, scratchy and irritated. Often advancing quickly into red and raw sores that can be so painful. I quickly learned that particular brands of sun cream were her enemy, as were soap based cleansers. We have medicated cream on stand by for times when it gets particularly bad, but I’ve always kept my eye out for gentle products that help protect and nourish her fragile skin, particularly in her elbow areas.

So when I was approached by the Itchy Baby Company to try their range, I was excited to hear about their similar, back story. Developed in Australia by a pharmacist mum , Julia Simmonds, her son’s eczema is the reason behind itchy baby co. She ‘had hit rock bottom’. Admitted to hospital with her toddler’s infected eczema covering more than 75% of his little body. Despite having tried product after product, countless visits to the doctor and listening to anyone who had any advice to give, here she was. Felling guilty, helpless and utterly desperate to help her little boy.

Itchy Baby Co

Itchy Baby Co

Itchy Baby Co

Itchy Baby Co

Eczema is so challenging and we deal with it every day through the emotional heartache and practical problems it throws our way. Julia’s product range contains only the goodness of natural ingredients to nourish and hydrate your child’s skin without any chemicals or irritants.

I was lucky enough to try the following products from their range:

  • Natural Oatmeal bath soak
  • Natural Oatmeal bath soak with goats milk
  • NAtrual Oatemal Bath Soad with goats milk and organic coconut
  • Natural Oatmeal moisturise with organic coconut
  • Natural Scalp Oil

I’ve been using the bath soak in the bath with both my children each night. I’ve followed this with using the moisturiser on Ella’s skin. I’ve noticed that the areas, particularly on the inside of her elbows have remained clear and free of any irritation. Ella would sometimes wake in the night with irritated and itchy skin, and this has not happened at all during the last fortnight. IT’s been wonderful and I would so far recommend the range to anyone!

I’m thrilled to be able offer one of my readers the chance to win their own chance to experience the Itchy Baby Co range. Thanks to Itchy Baby Co, I am giving away an amazing prize pack including:

1 x Natural Oatmeal Bath Soak ($14)

1 x Natural Oatmeal Bath Soak with goats milk ($16)

1 x Natural Oatmeal Bath Soak with goats milk & organic coconut ($16)

1 x Natural Oatmeal Moisturiser with organic coconut ($21)

1 x Natural Scalp Oil ($18)

Total Value of product: $85

 

To WIN:

  1. Head to Instagram
  2. like the image for the blog post, follow @happyellaafter & @itchybabyco
  3. List which product from their range you would love to try most, and how it would help your family.
  4. Tag a friend (no comp accounts please)

One winner will be chosen on (date to be advised)

To view their range and shop, head to : https://itchybabyco.com.au/shop/

Comp is open 8pm Thurs 18th April AEST and closes on Sunday 21st April at 9pm AEST. No comp accounts please. Australian residents only.

This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Instagram. By entering you are releasing Instagram of any and all responsibility and agree to the terms of use.

 

Please note: For best results we recommend bathing in itchy baby co. bath soak every day and applying our itchy baby co. moisturiser immediately after the bath, while the skin is still damp. Our moisturiser can be used as often as needed throughout the day. · It is important you patch test itchy baby co. products first for allergies. Although they develop their products without irritants everyone’s skin can respond differently to natural products.

Win a Babyology Supscription box worth $59

Win a Babyology Supscription box worth $59

It’s the little things that make a big difference to everyday life: fresh flowers for no reason; a cheeky smile from your baby while enjoying the night time feed; a sneaky kiss from your eldest who is far too ‘cool’ for cuddles in public. As mums, we deserve to be surprised and showered with little treats every now and again.

Are you expecting or know someone who is having a baby? Would you like to have a box filled with beautiful products, vouchers and discounts to some of the best baby essentials? Babyology have created Subscription Boxes, filled with everything a Mum needs to take care of their baby and also themselves. Every three months Babyology hand-pick a selection of products specifically for baby and their Mums.  Some are practical, some are decadent, but all of them are terrific products that we love.

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Here is a sneak peak of this month’s box, filled with gorgeous samples, vouchers, products and gifts worth $59

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Delivered straight to your door, these beautiful boxes are the perfect way to surprise yourself, or treat a friend, sister or any Mum who has a baby. The best thing is I’m giving away one of these beautiful boxes to one special Happy Ella After follower! Whether you want to give it to yourself, or as a present to a special Mum, or Mum to be…this is a gorgeous prize!

To be in the running to win, simple list below who you would give it to and why. This competition is open to Australian Residents only. The competition is open from 1pm Sunday 20th March and closes on Monday 28th March at 5pm AEDST.  Entry is via commenting below this blog post, including who you would like to win this prize and why. The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the competition closing.

Good luck!!!

kate

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Giveaway: Attipas Shoes Australia

Giveaway: Attipas Shoes Australia

attipas_logo1I’m always on the look out for cool shoes for little ones, and when Attipas Shoes contacted me about their range, I was taken by surprise. If you have a toddler like me, who always takes her shoes off, but loves wearing socks, then these are for you. I’m always worried about Ella’s feet on the bare floor, but yet, she hates wearing shoes in the house. But then, so do I. Step in Attipas Shoes. If you can imagine a gorgeous pair of socks, with a rubber sole, then you’ve got an idea about Attipas shoes. The difference is, their shoes / socks are actual shoes. They slip on like socks, but protect your child’s feet. You can throw them in the wash, they are light weight, fit in your handbag and don’t fall off! Perfect for a busy Mum, and equally busy toddler!

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Attipas are a world first in toddler shoes! As light as a sock but more supportive than a pre walker, these functional infant shoes ergonomically support first steps & thereafter. Attipas toddler shoes are made with a non-slip gripped sole, are highly breathable. Attipas shoes were launched in 2011 after 7 years of research & development, and are quickly becoming the number one choice in pre walker shoes. Available in 8 styles & 4 sizes, Attipas shoes are Walking Science™. From birth to 40 months. 

According to Attipas, the five key benefits of wearing their shoes include:

  1. Convenience: non-slip and machine-washable

  2. Breathable: fine holes that release heat

  3. Big Toe Box: allows free toe movement to improve

cognitive and motor development

  1. Non-toxic: to prevent exposure to potentially harmful materials

  2. Lightweight: light and flexible, just like socks

Their range is to die for. Fabulous patterns, lace ups and a new Christmas range that is just perfect for the festive season. The limited edition styles in snowflake, cherry red and white designs are back and are the perfect way for all babies and toddlers to run, jump and skip their way into the Christmas joy. Not only do they look great, but the stylish pre-walkers are lightweight and comfortable for any toddler to walk and run around in.

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Best of all, Attipas Shoes Australia are giving away a pair of their shoes, and a baby romper to one lucky reader. Valued at $29.95 each, you will get to choose a pair of shoes from their range. To win a pair of their shoes, and a gorgeous baby romper, complete the competition entry below. The competition will be open to Australian Residents Only from Monday 10th November, and will close on Monday 24th November at 6pm AEDST. Entrants need to follow the form below. The winner will be chosen randomily via the ‘Rafflecopter’ app, and the winner displayed on the Happy Ella After FAcebook Page.

GOOD LUCK!

kate

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WIN a Family Pass to Santa’s Magical Kingdom!

WIN a Family Pass to Santa’s Magical Kingdom!

SMK_TIC_609x285Unless you’ve been hiding underneath a rock somewhere, you would know that Santa’s Magical Kingdom is again coming to Melbourne this November. As a lover of all things Christmas, this experience is just simply wonderful, and brings all the things you love about Christmas to under one roof. Living in the Southern Hemisphere, we spend our Christmas in the peak of summer, and one of the best experiences is the chance for your kids to experience a winter wonderland, complete with falling snow. We were lucky enough to go last year, and even though Ella was only one, she just loved it. From the rides, to the gingerbread baking, falling snow and wonderful circus show, it was just a great day out for the family.

If you haven’t been along, here is a run down…

Santa’s Magical Kingdom, in collaboration with Santa Claus North Pole Co-operation have signed an exclusive deal to once again bring all the magic of Christmas to Melbourne in 2014, at a new home, Caulfield Racecourse. After a bringing a successful event in 2013, visited by over 120,000 people from around Australia, Santa’s Magical Kingdom will return in 2014, at a new location, Caulfield Racecourse. The new venue, will also allow Santa’sMagical Kingdom to be even bigger and better!

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom brings all the wonder and joy of a traditional Christmas. This interactive walk-through is an enchanting experience that includes everything that you love about Christmas. Get ready to be amazed as you see the magic of Christmas come to life! Santa’s Magical Kingdom was announced by the Australian Event Awards as Best New Event in Victoria 2013.

Open to the public from 15 November to 23 December, Santa’s Magical Kingdom will deliver a Christmas wonderland full of activities that will capture the imagination of children & parents everywhere. “We are extremely excited about bringing Santa’s Magical Kingdom again toMelbourne this Christmas. It’s even more exciting that we have been able to secure our new home, Caulfield Racecourse, allowing us to make the event bigger and better, as well as easily accessible to our consumers. Santa’s Magical Kingdom is a magical experience, and we can’t wait to share the magic in 2014”, commented Keith Brown, Production Director of Santa’s Magical Kingdom.

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The event will include:

• A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland

• Snow Castle and Activity Land

• Meet Santa and receive a free gift!

• A spectacular brand new Christmas themed circus show

• Roving Christmas characters

• A Christmas craft area where you can decorate your own gingerbread man and decorate your own Christmas decoration

• Interactive story reading with Mrs Claus

• Gingerbread land

• Amusement Rides and laughing clowns including a carousel, Santa’s Slay Ride, Ferris Wheel, Platform Ride and Australia’s Largest Supper

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• Plus so much more fun for the whole family

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So with all the fun, I’m lucky enough to be able to give away one lucky reader a family pass (2 adults, 2 children) worth $130. It will be for the opening weekend Nov 15 / 16. This giveaway is open to Australian Residents only. To enter, please follow the instructions below. The competition will close on Monday November 9 at 6pm AEDST. A winner will be chosen at random and shared via my blog. The winner will be sent the tickets on Tuesday November 10 via express post.

GOOD LUCK and feel free to share the love with anyone who you feel may love the experience!

For more information about Santa’s Magical Kindgom, visit here. 

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