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Celebrating Under 8’s Week with Goodstart Early Learning & a cultural dance show

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

This year's theme for Under 8’s Week is "children exploring language and culture" and what better way to celebrate than through a captivating interactive storytelling session!

My twincesses and I were lucky enough to pop along to a free event held at Goodstart Early Learning Pimpama on May 22 to watch: Mana: A Cultural Dance Performance with Bernard Mangakahia.

Mana is a cultural dance show which is educational, multicultural and musical with plenty participation and tons of fun.

This dynamic, vibrant and inspiring show is designed and performed by Bernard Mangakahia.
With more than 30 years of experience, Bernard understands that children are natural learners and that plenty of play and dance in childhood accelerates learning.
His aim is to offer every child a rich unique, fun cultural learning experience.

The children are introduced to important concepts such as different words and languages, geography (big map), different genres of music, performing arts and social awareness.

The performance was fabulous, and my twincesses – along with the rest of the little (and adult) people in attendance – thoroughly enjoyed it!

The show starts with the children watching and participating in Native American hand signing.

A Native American hoop dance was next – which the kids loved! Here, Bernard manipulates 7 hoops over his body while spinning and dancing to create different shapes of animals and plants: eagle, snake, horse, butterfly, flower and bumblebee.
The children also have an opportunity to join in.

Next, Bernard demonstrates the New Zealand Haka and poi dance and some Hula. Next, he shows off some hip hop – and the children joined in to showcase their dance moves.

Goodstart Early Learning Pimpama is perfectly located across the road from a state school, making drop offs/pick ups very convenient!

My twincesses (who attend a Goodstart centre) and I enjoyed learning about the different cultures and traditions in such an informative and entertaining manner and are thankful to Goodstart Early Learning/Pimpama for hosting this event!

One of my twincesses pampering me at one of the Goodstart mother's day afternoons.

This year, Under Eights Week is held from the 19th to the 29th May.
It is an event that has been running in Queensland for more than 60 years and is coordinated by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) Queensland Branch.

Many childcare centres around the region arranged events to tie in with Under Eights Week, did yours?

Check out a clip of Bernard performing here:


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I’m a ‘SUPER MUM’! GIVEAWAY: Personalised gifts are perfect for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get organised and order your gifts for the special people in your life.

For Mother’s Day I usually give a card to my Mum and Nanna, and the kids also make cards for their God-Mother (who is one of my two sisters).

This year, Miss 8 and I ordered some gorgeous personalised pressies from Bright Star Kids and we were stoked with the fast delivery (which means I am ORGANISED…hooray! No last minute rush! As long as I don’t forget the ‘safe place’ where I’ve hidden them!)
My husband usually takes our four children out to pick something up for me, and the big two – who attend school – love spending a couple of dollars at the school Mother’s Day Stall!
I love seeing how they choose to spend their money and what goodies they think I’ll love!

We ordered some goodies via Bright Star Kids. It was hassle-free and it was super-easy to personalise our chosen items!

My 8-year-old even managed to personalise the drink bottle she chose as a gift for me (that I will still be SURPRISED by when the kids run in to present me with on Mother’s Day morning 😉.)

I’m a ‘SUPER MUM’ because I organised for the kids’ new pet guinea pigs, AND  a fab ice skating outing for Miss 8’s recent birthday!

I’ll take it! 😉

Scroll down for your chance to WIN some goodies for yourself (or to give to loved ones)!

Mum will simply love receiving this adorable 'Best Mum' Activity Booklet full of drawings and messages from her little one(s). This wonderful keepsake has lots of room for your child's drawings and heaps of fun activities for your child to write lovely messages to Mum for Mother's Day, her birthday or any day you want to show her how loved she is!

This A4 activity booklet can be personalised for Mum or Grandma, as well as having your little one's name(s) as the author and illustrator on the front cover, and a short message for the special occasion.

Let someone special in your life know how much they mean to you with our Tea-rific Tea Towel, personalised with their name, a short message and their favourite colour to make it look extra sweet.

Personalised Tea Towels makes excellent house warming, birthday or Christmas gifts. Perfect to give to Mums & Grandmas, especially those who love home decor or cooking.

This Leafy Banner Large Drink Bottle will make a beautiful and unique gift that you can personalise with World's best mum, dad, grandma, aunty or god-parent and the name(s) of the children. Holding 650ml of water, it's perfect to take to work or when exercising.

The handy flip-top spout is hygienic and helps to stop spillages, perfect when it rolls about in a bag.

* Leakproof and hygienic
* Pinched sides for easy grip* Sturdy handle for carry or clasp* Dishwasher-safe* Age: 8+ Years* Holds 650 ml (22 fl oz)* BPA-free, Phthalate-free and PVC-free

To be in the running for a personalised goodies pack from Bright Star Kids, featuring a personalised tea towel and drink bottle and a Best Mum Activity Booklet, simply leave a comment below, telling us in 25 words or less, how you’ll spend Mother’s Day this year.
You can also enter on the Gold Coast Mum Facebook page and Instagram account for additional chances to win.

And go ahead and like https://www.instagram.com/bright.star.kids too!
Feel free to tag people and share too!

Competition commences upon publication and ends at 3pm April 25, 2018. One {1} winner will receive a drink bottle, tea towel and activity booklet. Total prize RRP $64.85.
Winner must respond to social media shout out/ reply to email or private message/ or reply on blog comment, within 24 hours, in order to redeem prize. Or prize will go to another entrant.
Bright Star Kids will arrange for prize to be sent to nominated address and can make no guarantee of delivery date. Gold Coast Mum will not be held liable should the prize be lost in transit or not used. Competition is open to Australian residents only. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. All mandatory entry steps must be completed to constitute a valid entry. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and excluded from judging. Entries can be made via www.goldcoastmum.com, Facebook and Instagram, and 1 winner will be selected from the total entry pool.
The winner will have 24hrs to respond or prize will go to another qualifying entrant. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook or Instagram.

Tributes flow for family of 3-year-old Alby Davis who choked on bouncy ball

Three-year-old boy choked on a bouncy ball and died in his pregnant mother's arms.

Many tears have been shed around Australia this week, and there has been an outpouring of condolences and sympathy online, after it was revealed the toddler son of a popular Instagrammer passed away after a tragic accident at the family home in Tasmania.

Anna Davis, who runs children's toy business The Small Folk, posted a tribute to her three-year-old son Alby Davis on her Instagram account.

She wrote: “Yesterday afternoon, our beautiful, beautiful Alby, our darling baby boy, grew wings and flew from this earth.
Minutes pass like hours and the gaping hole in our lives and hearts is completely incomprehensible. We adore you beyond belief, our sweet little fox. Forever three, forever free.”

A family friend set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for Mrs Davis and her relief-teacher husband Simon to help them look after their daughter Sage and son Acre as they expect their fourth child.
More than $170,000 has been raised.

The Go Fund Me page reads:
“On Monday afternoon, the unimaginable for any parent occurred.
Darling Alby was playing with a bouncy ball that had arrived earlier that morning, in a package filled with party favours for his upcoming 4th birthday celebrations.
The ball became stuck in his windpipe, preventing his ability to breathe, and in a matter of seconds, despite his mama's frantic attempts to save him, he passed away in her arms.
This beautiful family need time to mourn and surround each other in love, without having the financial burdens of daily life and work commitments weighing on their minds.
As Simon is a relief teacher, he is not entitled to any leave, and as so many of you know, Anna is self-employed with her much-loved business, The Small Folk.”

Our heartfelt condolences go out to this family.

If you are in a position to donate, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/the-small-folks-village

Fab female doctors on the Gold Coast

If you’re new to the Gold Coast, just visiting, or on the hunt for a wonderful female doctor, you’ve come to the right place.

It can be hard to find the right doctor to suit you/your family.
I’ve had some doozies in the past. A female GP performed an ECV (manually turned my baby from the outside by manipulating my tummy) when I was 38 weeks pregnant with my son.
Something I soon found out should ONLY be performed in hospital, under the guidance of an obstetrician, whilst being monitored via ultrasound to ensure the umbilical cord doesn’t get stuck around the baby’s neck…
Thankfully my son was fine, but I was informed that my GP at the time was going to receive a stern talking to by the hospital and be reported.

So, off I went on the hunt for a female GP I could trust.
I had a couple of misses, but, for the last couple of years, have had two fab female Doctors (at different medical centres in case one can’t get me in).

GIGGLE AND HOOT YouTube Channel is now live!

The GIGGLE AND HOOT YouTube Channel is now live!

Already reaching close to one million views, The GIGGLE AND HOOT YouTube Channel brings Australia’s much-loved pre-school program to users worldwide, via the Channel and YouTube Kids app.

Last minute Christmas gift idea and Event Cinema give away!

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones whilst battling the hordes of silly season shoppers is never an easy feat.
Can you really get your second cousin a pair of socks for the 6th year in a row? Or what happens when a long lost relative RSVP’s to Christmas lunch last minute?

Fear not, the elves at Event Cinemas have come to the rescue with a brand new range of themed Merry Movies Gift Cards.
From five to 90 year olds, everybody loves watching films, so a Merry Movie Gift Card is a present anyone will treasure.

With a range in value from $25-$200, the Merry Movies gift cards come in a variety of fun designs, including summer blockbuster film themed cards.
To celebrate we have 2 double pass Event Cinema e-vouchers to give away to readers.


By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum

My family and I are a huge fans of Michael Jackson’s music!

My younger sister spent countless hours of her youth learning and singing along to every word and even now, in adulthood, still knows every dance move as well.

We’ve also had fun dancing along to MJ songs using the Wii Dance!

I can’t help but sing along to one of my childhood faves, ‘Black or White’, and know the rap word for word.

Here are my sisters and I in 1997 at Disneyland Paris. My middle sis loved wearing her MJ shirts! (Here we are aged 5, 14, 15).

It’s the most STRESSFUL time of the year? Why the festive season isn’t rainbows and butterflies for every family

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

This post is brought to you in partnership with Prime Lawyers, however, all opinions are my own.

For many of us, December involves a lot of catching up with friends and family, BBQs, pool fun, trips to the beach, or fun under a good old water sprinkler.

We’re running around organising Christmas gifts, meal plans, menus and doing the grocery shopping to be prepared to have the best day ever after Santa has visited on December 25.

This time of year can also be stressful. Couples may be trying to work out how to pay the bills AND surprise their children with Christmas gifts they’ll adore.

Santa's Enchanted Kingdom at Hyperdome, Loganholme

Last weekend we popped up the M1 to Loganholme to visit Santa’s Enchanted Kingdom, one of the nation’s largest Christmas sets, at Hyperdome.

Located in Hyperdome’s North Mall, the incredible 650 sqm Kingdom offers families a unique range of attractions including Mrs Claus’ Bakery, where children can create their very own gingerbread character, and a magical forest cinema playing festive favourites.

Win tickets to HUGE Gold Coast family event - HOLIDAY PLAYDATE!

A HUGE family event will take place this December at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast - all in one arena over three exciting days!

In a world first, TEG LIVE has created HOLIDAY PLAYDATE, the ultimate seasonal spectacular that will be sure to become a tradition for local and visiting families alike. Be the first in Australia to experience this holiday themed, multi-brand festival that promises a fun, interactive and engaging entertainment offering for the entire family.

International character favourites will come to life with rotating shows on the Main Stage throughout the day.

Live Shows include: PJ MASKS: MEET THE HEROES starring Catboy, Owlette and Gekko; BEN & HOLLY IN CHRISTMAS FUN AND GAMES DAY; Captain Barnacles in THE OCTONAUTS CHRISTMAS RESCUE; as well as Elmo and Cookie Monster from SESAME STREET starring in a show the whole family will adore.