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Travelling Bali With Kids


Travelling with kids can be either a dream or a nightmare depending on where in the world you are. You want to keep them entertained, show them a bit of the world and also hopefully get a little time for some personal R&R.
A holiday in Bali will provide ample opportunities to fulfill all of these wishes, in fact it is arguably one of the best places in the world to travel with children. 

The distinct local culture is incredibly vibrant and almost certainly very different from anything they are likely to witness back home, and, perhaps most helpfully of all, the Balinese people, almost as a rule, adore children (babies are considered sacred). 

There are so many things to do, from exploring ancient temples and climbing mountains to waterparks and quad biking, that there is no reason any child should ever be bored in Bali.



What to pack?
Shops and markets in Bali cater very well for tourists, both in terms of clothing and basic supplies (toiletries, medicines, snacks etc.) and you may find you do not need to bring as much with you as you think. However, whether you choose to stock up at home or wait until you arrive, there are a few items you will need:

    Beachwear - swimmers, hats and thongs etc.
    Sunscreen / Aftersun (very expensive in Bali)
    Hand sanitizer (for during travel)
    Toilet paper - often a scarce (or non-existent) resource in public toilets
    Light summery clothing - this is a tropical island after all!
    Light jackets / jumpers - this may seem like strange advice, but if you plan on going up into the mountains, it can get pretty chilly.
    Sarong(s) - most temples insist that visitors (men included) wear one of these in order to enter and they work well as makeshift blankets / towels for the kids etc. This is an item that you can purchase once arriving in Bali (at the start of your trip).
    Nappies (for the younger ones) – particularly for the flight and first few days in the case that you cannot instantly locate a place to purchase.

Where to stay?
Although there is nowhere in Bali that could really be considered off limits to those travelling with children, some places are more child-friendly than others. Kuta, and its surrounding urban sprawl, can get very busy, there are a lot of people, a lot of cars and a lot of nightclubs. There are some nice family friendly resorts in the area and, of course, the famous white sand beach, however, the surf that makes it so good for surfing and bodyboarding, may make this unsuitable for smaller children.

So whilst it is certainly possible to enjoy a family holiday in Kuta, there are some better options. Sticking to the south of the island, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Sanur all have great beaches, with calm waters and a range of accommodation and dining choices to suit all tastes and budgets.
The lack of surf around Nusa Dua makes it great for kids to paddle around in the water. Jimbaran has its famous stretch of seafood restaurants, where you can enjoy super-fresh seafood right on the beach, whilst you watch the sunset over the ocean. Sanur is something of a quieter version of Kuta and Seminyak with an atmosphere that is definitely a little less frenetic. It has plenty of shops and restaurants and even a few good spots for diving.



If you want to your kids to experience a bit more of the traditional Bali, you are better off heading north. Ubud is the main town in the island’s mountainous interior, and is often considered to be its cultural heart. Nowadays, as more tourists discover its charms, Ubud is becoming a bit of a mini-metropolis, but it still retains a laid-back feel and some traditional charm.
Obviously, this is not so good for a beach holiday, but the surrounding countryside is absolutely incredible (volcanos, lakes and terraced rice fields), and there are so many cultural and action based activities nearby that you will never be short of anything to do.

Along the north coast, is another famous resort area known as Lovina Beach, this is nothing like the party scene in the south, although there are some nice restaurants and a few bars. Accommodation here is very cheap, even for good quality resorts and villas. Popular activities around here include a dawn dolphin spotting expedition on a traditional outrigger, scuba diving and tours into the nearby mountains.

What to eat?
Bali is full of great places to eat and the local food is often delicious and nutritious, however, be warned, the Balinese like their spice and may use a few ingredients that western diners (particularly children) are not so familiar with. 



This can often cause a problem for any fussy eaters. Most places will be happy to alter the amount of spice in a dish, just be aware that you may need to ask them to do so. 
If your kids are feeling brave, or you want to encourage them to expand their culinary horizons then there are a few Indonesian staples they may enjoy; nasi goring (fried rice with meat, egg and veggies) and mie goreng (fried noodles with meat and veggies) are usually the safest options, as is chicken satay (bbq chicken with peanut sauce & white rice). 





Gone are the days where it is hard to find good quality western food in Bali and you will have to go pretty far off the beaten track to find a place that doesn’t have somewhere serving burgers, pizzas and pasta etc if the little ones aren’t quite ready for a culinary change.

What to do?
There are so many things for a child to see and experience in Bali that it is hard to narrow them down, but here is a here is a brief list with just a few of the highlights:

Elephant Safari
There are a few animal themed attractions in Bali (The Bali Safari and Marine Park was another contender for this list) but a particular favorite is the Elephant Safari just outside Ubud. This is Bali’s only dedicated elephant rescue centre, they have a herd of 31 Sumatran elephants most of whom were rescued from government camps.



The elephants live in a purpose built environment, which also happens to be very beautiful and the park’s dedication to conservation ensures that they are well cared for (unlike any of the nasty places you see on the news). There are a variety of ways for visitors to the park to get close to the animals from riding them through the jungle to giving them a bath. As part of the park’s mission to educate the public about all things elephantine, they have a museum (with a full size replica of a woolly mammoth skeleton!) and presentations held several times a day.

Water-sports / White water rafting
Bali’s fame as a surfing destination (pretty much wherever you find a beach, you will find a surf school!) precedes it, but there are also plenty of other water-sports on offer here, including jets skis, banana boats and parasailing. The coral reef, surrounding the island makes for some great snorkeling and diving opportunities as do several shipwrecks and there are also a several places where it is possible to swim with dolphins.

There are a couple of whitewater rafting tours available in Bali, but the one on the Ayung river, that flows close to Ubud, is a top pick. The rapids here are little calmer (although still exciting enough for older children and adults to have an enjoyable time), and the scenery you glide through is stunning (steep-sided gorges, lush green jungle and precarious looking rope bridges)

Visit a temple
You can’t visit Bali without going to at least one Hindu temple, you just can’t! There are plenty of fun temples to visit that will provide something for both kids and adults. Two of the most famous and most easily accessible are Uluwatu and Tanah Lot, fortunately, they are also two of the most picturesque.


The best time to visit both of these sites is at sunset, they can get pretty busy but you are absolutely guaranteed some breathtaking views and amazing photo opportunities of the family.
At Uluwatu, you can buy packs of food to feed the troupe of monkeys that have made it their home (be careful though, they steal anything shiny!) and at Tanah Lot there are a couple of viewing spots with nice bars so parents can enjoy a cheeky cocktail or a cold Bintang.


Goa Gajah (the Elephant Cave), in Bedulu, is another great option. The entire complex, courtyard, bathing pools and cave, can be done in less than an hour and to enter the cave itself you must pass through the mouth of a giant monster that has been carved out of the rock.

Waterbom
Waterbom is the most famous waterpark in Bali and whilst there’s nothing particularly ‘Balinese’ about a day at Waterbom (you can find similar parks the world over), it is a fun day out that will ensure the kids have an AMAZING night of sleep. There are plenty of slides, suitable for all ages, including a few that are scary enough to give even brave adults a thrill, as well as a few cafes and bars. The park is within easy walking distance of the Discovery Mall shopping centre and Kuta beach.

How to get around?
There are a few transport options to choose from when deciding how to get around the island. Taxis are relatively cheap and a great choice for short journeys down south - it is highly recommended that you stick to using Bluebird Taxis (pale blue with a bluebird logo), the company has been operating for years, uses metered taxis and has a solid reputation (lookout for imitators though as there are more than a few similarly coloured cars driving around!).

If you want to go further afield, it is a good idea to hire a car.
A good quality 4x4 can be hired for around $40AUD a day without a driver and about $80AUD with one.
Just remember that driving in Bali is not like driving in a western country, the roads are often poorly maintained and the traffic can be crazy. Going for the extra expense of hiring a local driver, who knows where they are going and is familiar with the unwritten rules of the road here, can turn what would have been a stressful drive into a relaxing afternoon excursion. Motorbikes can be hired for as little as $5AUD a day but obviously may not be suitable if you have small children.

Buses and bemos of varying quality operate on major routes and between most of the big towns, however, their terminals are often not conveniently located and you will lose flexibility due to fixed schedules.


How to stay safe?
Its easy to get lost in happy holiday vibes whilst in Bali but it is important to remember that there are a few dangers lurking out there, particularly for small children. Here are few simple precautions and things to look out for that will help to ensure that you and your kids stay safe:

1.      Don’t get too friendly with the local wildlife: Bali has a lot of stray animals (e.g dogs on the beach), many of whom are unfortunately not in the best of health and, whilst it can be tempting to make friends with them, it is probably for the best to give them a wide berth to avoid a stomach bug, skin rash or every parents biggest fear – a bite. If anyone does get bitten by an animal (including the monkeys), whether it looks serious or not, go straight to the nearest hospital - rabies is present on the island and time could be of the essence when it comes to treating an injury.



2.      Eating and drinking: Food in Bali has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and there are many great quality restaurants, however, ‘Bali belly’, has earned its reputation for a reason. Avoid drinking tap water (even when cleaning teeth) and don’t have ice in your drink outside of reputable establishments. Some of the food sold by local street vendors can look tempting, and you will probably be fine eating it, but, hygiene levels are likely not the best and there is an element of risk. Although you will have to use some judgment, if a place looks dodgy (or, worse, unpopular), it’s probably worth avoiding.

3.      Health and safety: this is pretty much an unknown concept in Bali. For example, its not unheard of people to fall through the pavements, due to either broken, or, completely absent paving stones and guardrails are often missing in places where there really should be guardrails. As mentioned previously, the roads can be crazy and extra care should always be taken when crossing them, especially when small children are involved. The motorbikes are legion and can come out of nowhere - sometimes they even take to the pavements when the traffic on the actual road is too busy for them to drive on!

4.      Vaccinations: check for recommendations and make sure these are up to date; especially if you are planning on spending much time in out of the way places. Remember, some medications such as malaria tablets can often require you to begin consumption a few weeks before your travel and continue medication after you arrive home in order to take a full course.

5.      Bug spray: As soon as it starts to get dark, the mozzies will come out. Bali is not considered a high risk for malaria, but there are a few other nasty bugs that these annoying little critters can carry, so don’t forget to spray up.

6.      Insurance: getting good travel insurance will provide you with support and help to avoid any prohibitive costs should anything bad happen to one of your family members or possessions.

7.      Emergency numbers: look up the local numbers and make sure you have them saved to your phone.

8.      Sunscreen: this is an obvious one, but worth mentioning as the sun here can be fierce - don’t forget to keep reapplying throughout the day.


If they get sick:
If an unfortunate event does occur and either you, or one of your family members becomes sick or has an accident, all is not lost, whilst healthcare is not as good in Bali as you would find in a western country, it is probably better than you are expecting.

For minor ailments, there are a couple of pharmacy chains (Kimia Farma and Guardian) that carry a good range of first aid supplies and basic medications and most resorts will be able to put you in contact with English speaking doctors (or dentists) should you need further assistance.

If the problem is of a more serious nature then there are a couple of good hospitals on the island that are able to provide a very high level of care. In particular the two BIMCs (one in Kuta and the other in Nusa Dua); these are both International hospitals run by Australian doctors, they provide 24 hour care and have emergency departments. Another option is the Sanglah hospital in Denpasar that has a well-resourced international wing.
 
This guest post was contributed by Luci from Bali Villas. 

With extensive experience in servicing Australian clients, Bali Villas know exactly what families are looking for in terms of location, style and pricing. Each of their family friendly villas situated on the beautiful island of Bali have been hand-picked by their ‘family expert’ – someone with children who knows exactly what families are looking for. 

Contact Bali Villas for a short consultation, and they will be able to find you the perfect villa. Bali Villas aim to take the stress out of planning your holiday, so you can concentrate on creating lasting memories with your family.

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Alice in Wonderland Live on Stage at HOTA Gold Coast! Giveaway!


The New York SMASH HIT production of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice in Wonderland comes to life on stage at the Gold Coast Home of the Arts (HOTA) this Sunday 15 July.
Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her adventures through Wonderland.





With the cast being summoned from across the country and led by Queensland’s first lady of theatre in Karen Crone, as the Mad Hatter (in a casting twist similar to that of the Cheshire Cat’s smile), this stage production features incredible costumes and sets and is a must-see for children and adults alike – for everyone who loves one of the world’s most-read stories!
'You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.'
-The Mad Hatter-

Creating Wonderland is NIDA and WAAPA graduate Georgina Walker (Alice), Mamma Mia star James Shaw (White Rabbit), veteran of stage and screen Simon Burvill-Holmes (Queen of Hearts/Cheshire Cat), Karen Crone (Mad Hatter), Oliver Lacey (March Hare), Matilda-award nominated Jackson McGovern (Dormouse/Caterpillar), Queensland stage star Justine Anderson (Tweedle Dum) and Sarah Whale (Tweedle Dee), together with a handful of brilliant puppeteers, who bring to life over 20 unforgettable characters using their ingenious stagecraft and limitless possibilities of imagination.


Australian Producer, Ethan Walker, began this production at the Brisbane Powerhouse in early 2016 and it has since enjoyed sold-out runs all over the world, including in New York & Los Angeles, where it became the highest-grossing show at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood for the last five years. He said it was one of the most universal of all stage stories.
 “We tell this extraordinary story through actors and puppets. There is something magical about seeing a life size puppet come to life. You truly believe it’s the White Rabbit and forget there’s a Puppeteer controlling him. Wonderland is a very enchanting place, and that enchantment should not be lost when transitioned onto the stage.” 



“We have massive mushroom props that the Actors use throughout the performance to tell the story. In one scene the Caterpillar is sitting on a large mushroom, and in the next scene that same mushroom turns into a tree trunk table for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. It’s truly magical to watch. We also have a highly respected Australian Actress, Karen Crone who plays the Mad Hatter."

"I’ve never heard of a production before who has cast a female into the role of the Hatter. There would be no point in producing a show that was a cookie cutter of every other Alice in Wonderland production. We needed to think outside the box to ensure that this production would be extra special, while at the same time staying true to the essence of Lewis Carroll’s work.”


The ‘entirely bonkers’ story of Alice in Wonderland has delighted the world for generations & this newest incarnation will continue that tradition – dazzling family members of all ages!

Don’t be late for this very important date – book your seats now!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – LIVE ON STAGE
Presented by M2 Productions in association with Rapidfire International Inc.

BRISBANE
Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
10th July @ 7pm
11th- 13th July @ 11am & 2pm
14th July @ 11am, 2pm & 7pm
Tickets from $39.90   www.brisbanepowerhouse.org   Ph: 3358 8600

GOLD COAST
HOTA, Surfers Paradise
15th July @ 1pm & 4pm
Tickets from $39.90   www.hota.com.au   Ph: 5588 4000

GIVEAWAY:
To be in the running for 4 tickets to see Alice in Wonderland at HOTA Gold Coast July 15, 1pm session, simply leave a comment below, telling us in 25 words or less, why you/your little ones would enjoy this.

You can also enter on the Gold Coast Mum Facebook page and Instagram account for additional chances to win.

Feel free to tag people and share too!

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Competition commences upon publication and ends at 5pm July 14, 2018.
One {1} winner will receive 4 tickets to the July 15, 2018, 1pm session of Alice in Wonderland at the Gold Coast Home Of The Arts (HOTA).
Winner must respond to social media shout out/ reply to email or private message/ or reply on blog comment, in order to redeem prize. Or prize will go to another entrant.
Gold Coast Mum will not be held liable should the prize be lost in transit or not used. Competition is open to entrants who are available to attend the July 15, 2018, 1pm session of of Alice in Wonderland at the Gold Coast Home Of The Arts (HOTA). Gold Coast Mum, HOTA and Alice in Wonderland production are not responsible for any other costs associated with attending the performance. Attendance and acceptance of tickets is at your own risk.
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.
This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook or Instagram.

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3azS9h152k&feature=youtu.be

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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


GIVEAWAY:
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!



TERMS & CONDITIONS:
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.
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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.