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GIVEAWAY// TRIBUTE MANIA concert

Wednesday, 24 August 2016


~GIVE AWAY BELOW~


THE MUSIC GROUP is thrilled to announce its inaugural TRIBUTE MANIA concert with five of Australia’s best tribute bands performing on one amazing night.


In this dazzling show, Australia’s most popular tribute arJsts in authenJc costumes will have you believe you are truly witnessing

world-class acts – right down to ABBA’s saJn flares, Freddie’s powerhouse voice and Baby Spice’s pigtails.
PALAIS THEATRE St Kilda
SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2016
Featuring Australia’s best tributes to
The Beatles, Sir Elton John, Queen, The Spice Girls and ABBA.

BJORN AGAIN - The World’s No 1 ABBA Show
BJORN AGAIN are based in Melbourne Australia
www.bjornagain.com.au www.facebook.com/BjornAgainAustralia twiner.com/bjornagainAU


Bjorn Again are the World’s No 1 ABBA show and the most successful tribute show of all Jme. Bjorn Again formed in Melbourne Australia in 1988 and have now performed over 7000 shows in 100 countries. They are the only ABBA show endorsed by ABBA themselves.
THE BEATNIX
THE BEATNIX first performed on 1st March 1980 in Perth WA at Mosman Hotel, 10 months before the unJmely death of John Lennon, and are possibly the world's first tribute show. THE BEATNIX was conceived and produced by Tony Dean - founding member and owner/manager. the act. It is esJmated that THE BEATNIX have performed over 10,000 shows
ELTON JACK
Elton Jack has become the world’s best known Elton John tribute. The show was launched back in 1987 when Lance Strauss appeared on Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s ‘Red Faces’ with Red Symons, arerwhich host Daryl Somers invited him to return for a feature appearance the following week. Since then, The Elton Jack Show has graced the stages from the Sydney Opera House to the Royal Albert Hall, from the beaches of St Tropez to the jungle of Borneo, from Bathurst to Budapest.
THE SPICY GIRLS
Get ready as THE SPICY GIRLS are here to SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! Featuring the cream of Melbourne’s female vocal and performer talent, THE SPICY GIRLS present an acJon-packed show is incredible fun and you won’t be able to watch without singing and dancing as soon as the show starts.
THE AUSTRALIAN QUEEN TRIBUTE SHOW
The Australian Queen Tribute Show was formed in 2006 and arer many line up changes, hundreds of rehearsals and countless hours of planning & preparaJon, the band started performing late 2008. TAQTS present a stage show that delivers the brilliance and magic of Queen alive like no other, and are arguably the best sounding, best looking and most technically accurate Queen Tribute anywhere

Just look at the line-up and your toes will start tapping to your favourite tunes.
You won’t believe your eyes and ears – the inaugural TRIBUTE MANIA concert is one of the Greatest Shows on Earth!


UP FOR GRABS I HAVE A GOLD double pass. 2 GOLD tickets (a double pass) are valued at $198. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ENTER BELOW J GOOD LUCK AND KEEP IT GROOOVY.




Tribute Mania GOLD DOUBLE PASS

FAMILY// When is it too young? // Boost Mobile + WIN A SAMSUNG thanks to Boost Mobile

Monday, 22 August 2016
I know without a doubt I am about to be judged and have a whole heap of criticism thrown at me for this one.

From the moment you become a parent though, other parents and even those who don’t have children will judge you and tell you how to bring up your child. Don’t use disposable nappies, make sure its only certain washes, don’t feed them formula and I could go on for days.

You know what makes someone a bad parent?? Judging other parents in how to bring up their child and having something negative to say about the things other parents do. Maybe instead of abusing other parents you should invest your time into bettering your parenting, as not a single parent on this planet is perfect.

You learn through your mistakes, and then when the children get older they can also learn from you mistakes no matter how big or small.



Now for the controversial topic, or more to the point what my daughter got early for her birthday. A Boost Samsung phone! Yup, judge all you like tell me I’m a crap parent.

Miss H is turning 8 in September and with her in primary school, me working and also shuffling appointments sometimes I won’t always make it to her on time. Ok, I could ring the school but I wonder how many calls the school get with parents running late. And to be quite frank, I would rather be able to contact Miss H directly, period!

I think I was in grade 6 when I landed my first Nokia 3310 and that was also young, but I had to catch buses and Mum was scared of something happening.  Might I add that I was in grade 6 many light years ago and times since then have changed!

Instead of textbooks Miss H’s school have iPad’s and then take-home laptops in Senior school. So unless you want to remain stuck in the Stone Age you need to move forward in time and allow your child to move with technology as well.

Lately I have been watching more and more kids walk out of school with phones to their ears or in their hands.


Rather then having a non-destructible brick phone Miss H has been lucky enough to score herself a Samsung Galaxy J2 with Boost.
For only $199, the Samsung Galaxy J2 has a host of high-end features you’d expect from Samsung’s Galaxy series, without the expensive price tag.
Boost is on the Telstra network, which Mr M is also on and without a doubt gets way better reception then I do with Optus. Anywhere Mr M gets reception Miss H also gets reception- I’ve found myself texting off her phone when I don’t get reception at the farm.



As with everything inside and outside of the home I will be laying some ground rules (Miss H is very good with rules and is yet to break one). She isn’t allowed to take her phone out of her bag during school hours or before school. She can only message/ring those in her phonebook and she doesn’t know her own number so she cannot give it out to ANYONE.



If I am running late and know I won’t get out in time I can send her a text and just let her know to hang back in the office.  She also feels like she is older and more responsible now she has a phone as well, I think it’s actually quite cute.

Unlike her Mummy (I use the excuse of being a blogger so need to constantly check emails and social media for being on my phone) though when she gets home she doesn’t have her Boost mobile and will be packed into her bag for the next day.

I have looked at the big picture and there really is no major threat with her having a phone as long as she knows how to use it properly and is well educated.

I’ve even been able to add some educational and fun apps to her phone, so instead of playing on my phone while out Miss H can happily play on her own (maybe showing her phone off a little to her sister).

You don’t have to agree with our decision to give our 8 year old a phone, but I am a strong believer in moving with technology- so outside of my cave I’ll go.

Deets on the Samsung Galaxy J2:
·      EXCLUSIVE TO BOOST MOBILE
·      IT'S NOT JUST A SCREEN
The generous 4.7” qHD Super AMOLED display, will make all your content as clear as day.
·      EXPANDABLE MEMORY
That's right, with one of those little Micro SD cards, you can expand its brain to up to 128GB.
·      STYLE FOR DAYS
We expect amazing design from the Samsung Galaxy range and with sleek, smooth edges, the J2 carries on this tradition. Also means I have had to purchase a screen protector and case for Miss H as I can’t take the risk with her clumsy ways.
·      POWER UNDER THE HOOD
The 1.3Ghz quad-core processor lets you do what you want, when you want.... and all at once if you feel like it. AKA sounds like high tech stuff that I have absolutely no idea what it means- guessing it means the phone is fast haha.

WHERE CAN YOU GET YOUR BOOST SAMSUNG J2?
           The Samsung J2 is available at JB HiFi ,from all other Boost Mobile retailers and online at boost.com.au. Major retailers include Big W and Target.



WIN a Samsung J2 thanks to 3B's & Boost


http://boost.com.au

FOODIE// Deliveroo // Restaurant to Home Delivery Service

Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Taking away and eating in the places we loved has now changed foreverrrr! I have always loved being outdoors and brought my kids up being outdoor kiddies to. So every chance that we get we jump in the car or go for a walk to a park, a forest or just anywhere where the kids can run wild and let their inner animals out.



I know its Winter now and it is chilly, but here in Melbourne we’ve had a few little sneak peaks of Spring like weather. And we took advantage the other day after a visit to the Melbourne Museum, with a picnic in the park.



This was no ordinary picnic (and has changed the way we picnic forever)- this was a Deliveroo picnic.


I was approached a little while back by Deliveroo to review their service. I had absolutely no idea what it even was, all I knew was it had a hella cute name whatever it was (could be that I am a NMFC –Roo supported).

Ok, so first- WHAT IS DELIVEROO?

Deliveroo brings the local restaurants to you, whether it is in the office, home or like us the park. Deliveroo works with hundreds of restaurant chains and many top quality independents to deliver their food to you HOT.

MY THOUGHTS ON DELIVEROO

The app was so easy to use and you can choose what time slot you want your food to be delivered.



We went with Huxtaburger as we both felt like burgers and their chipotle chips were a long time craving of mine.

Our driver arrived on a scooter with a pizza type delivery box in the back with our food nicely packed in a Deliveroo bag.

The food left at 12:06pm and arrived at our picnic rug at 12:22, which our delivery time was 12:30pm. Our food came on time for us; and the food was still hot, the chips still crunchy.




Overall my experience with Deliveroo was first class and I couldn’t diss anything.

The thought of being able to take the kids out to a park or anywhere really and if we get hungry all we have to do is jump on the Deliveroo app and order whatever we like.

I can tell you right now we will be using Deliveroo a whole lot this Spring/Summer. The only problem being they need to expand out to less inner suburbs as they only really cover inner Melbourne and close surrounds.




SKINCARE // QV Winter Skin

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

 OK, right off the bat I absolutely have no skin regime and it’s near on impossible. I barely find time for a bath let alone indulging in a skin care routine being a lady boss and more importantly Mum.

But now I’m creeping up towards the 30 year old mark (I mean not a day over 18 derrr) my skin just isn’t like it used to be. There are definitely signs of wear and tear now that are popping its head up in places and I wish I would have taken advice and looked after my skin when I was younger, but nope I knew everything.


I was lucky enough to be able to head to a little breakfast put on by QV skincare with the lovely ambassador Kate Ritchie at the Jardin Tan in Melbourne.

Kate was very relatable in all she said; being a Mum you have to be realistic on how complicated your skincare routine is not to mention finding products that are going to be safe with children.

For me I am borderline obsessive with worrying about what the girls put on their fragile fresh skin and of course drenching them in sunscreen so it practically drips off their skin.

So for me QV is a household name and permanently lives in our shower and bathroom- at little hands reach. 

Initially it took me a while to get used to the fact that there was no fragrance, as I love fragranced products and ones that leave my bathroom and skin smelling for hours. But then it grew on me as my skin became sensitive after giving birth to Madison- didn’t even know this was a thing. Then Madison came into the world and showed me what sensitive skin was all about. As she gets older though it is certainly lessening and she is able to use a broader variety of products on her little skin.

Anyway back to the event and the on goings from the event. We were lucky enough to have Dermatologist Dr. Hope Dinh from Hope Dermatology come in and talk to us on all things skin and going more into depths about it all. And most importantly why choose QV over the rest.

QV has been around since 1953, so for something to be along for this long means they’re doing something right. Founded in Melbourne in a laundry when a humble chemist began creating ground breaking skin care products.

Kate then got up and let her into her world and shared her love for QV and of course her favourites.

So this leads me to my holy grail QV products, there are only four of them but they are must haves.



QV Gentle Wash 500g $18.95
This one is something the whole family uses in the shower. Literally knocks out all the endless amounts of products on the floor, which the other half was very happy about, as it’s his pet hate.

Very gentle on all our skin and as I stated above has no scent, which I think contributes to being gentle on your skin.

The pump bottle is also a big plus as it makes it easy for me to teach the girls not to waste product and they know one squirt on the loofa will do their entire body.





QV oil free moisturiser $15.29
So recently I have started to stray away from makeup primers, as I know if you have a good moisturizer you don’t need a primer. For me using this product under my makeup works an absolute treat, and I have even found that it helps make it stick for the day or night.

Since being diagnosed with Graves’ disease my face breaks out with many little demons (pimples) and also is super sensitive and reacts in crazy ways. I have had to give away much loved staple products recently as my face just couldn’t handle them anymore.

Now I have found a cream that works on my face I can’t see myself reaching for another anytime soon, unless of course it is for review purposes.



QV Intensive Moisturizing cleanser 500g $23.45
Now this one is Mummies magic weapon for Winter, I LOVE this stuff. It is similar to the gentle wash just a little thicker. Somehow it moisturizes my skin, which is much needed in Winter.  It is not very often you can find a wash for sensitive skin that adds the element of moisture in-built in the product.



Same scent and all that to the gentle wash, I don’t think the scent varies in any of the products though.



QV Face Cleansing Wipes $7.29
This is my lazy gal’ skincare regime right here :p Jump into bed, and wipe my days face off and hope I didn’t block pores during the day and wake up with pimples.
I love how soft the wipes are and efficient with getting the gunk out of my pores and skin.

QV products are MADE IN AUSTRALIA, which makes me love the brand as a whole.



I also need to mention the incredible blooms that Fig And Bloom provided QV with for the event. Looking into organising them for my engagement and wedding I loved them that much. Simplistic, with white and touches of green, fitting in perfectly with the event space at Jardin Tan.

Products Available in Priceline and in pharmacies nationally.


For more information head to- https://qvskincare.com.au

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