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The Star Gold Coast is again expecting an influx of white gloves and red leather jackets through its doors when world-class stage show The Michael Jackson HIStory Show returns to the theatre this month.

With two performances scheduled during prime holiday period, Saturday 28th December and a special New Year’s Eve show, and an open dancefloor available to all ticketholders, producers are expecting sell-out crowds and a fun, celebratory atmosphere.

The show last visited in December 2017 and my sister and I were thrilled to attend! As huge Michael Jackson fans, we absolutely LOVED the show! Had us dancing and singing along!

Star of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, South African singer Dantanio, is a superb performer!

Star of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, South African singer Dantanio, is a superb performer!
Star of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, South African singer Dantanio, is a superb performer!

As mentioned in a previous blog post, my sisters and I love Michael Jackson’s music and I was even lucky enough to meet a member of the Jackson family a couple of years ago. Pics and blog post here.

Star of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, South African singer Dantanio, is a superb performer!

He will be accompanied by a handpicked international six-piece band, back-up dancers and a phenomenal lighting and FX team that will make for a night of awesome entertainment.

The long-running production, which has been touring the world since 2011, boasts a set list laden with MJ’s biggest hits from his solo career and his days with the Jackson 5, including Billie Jean, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Black or White, Man in the Mirror, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, ABC and more.

“It’s hard to come to this show and not have a good time! Especially during the holidays when everyone is already in a festive mood. The dancefloor will be full all night, that’s a given,” says Gold-Coast based Producer and Director John Van Grinsven.

Tickets are available now from Ticketek, or visit thestargoldcoast.com or mjhistoryshow.com for more information.

I did not receive payment for this post. I’ll be receiving a pass to attend the show & we’re also thrilled to offer a double pass to give away to a Gold Coast Mum reader!

To be in the running for a double pass to The Michael Jackson HIStory Show at The Star Gold Coast on 28 December 2019, simply leave a comment below letting me know which MJ song/s you love most and why?
Winners must be able to attend the event on the Gold Coast on December 28 in order to redeem prize.  
You can also enter on my Facebook page and Instagram account for additional chances to win. Feel free to tag people and share too!

Competition commences upon publication and ends at 8pm (Brisbane time) December 24, 2019. One {1} winner will receive a double pass to The Michael Jackson HIStory Show at The Star Gold Coast December 28.
Winner must be able to attend the event on the Gold Coast on December 28 in order to redeem prize.
Gold Coast Mum, promoter & The Star will not be held liable should the prize be lost in transit or not used.
Competition is open to Queensland 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 be redrawn. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook or Instagram.

Window Cleaning Made Easy for Mums & Dad

Our beautiful Gold Coast is such a great location! 
From the stunning beaches to the scenic hinterland, everywhere you look is amazing.

It seems like no matter where your home is situated on our beautiful stretch of coast, there is an epic view waiting to be enjoyed through your window… that is, unless it is covered in dust, poop or salt-water.

Yes, dirty windows are a bit of a joy-kill when it comes to enjoying our homes, entertaining area or the view.

But let’s face it, for most Gold Coast mums and dads, window cleaning isn’t necessarily at the top of the list of favourite things to do around the home.

It can be time consuming and energy sapping. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Armed with a few tips, the right equipment and a “let’s do it” attitude, it doesn’t have to be such an arduous task.

Let’s take a look at a few tips, methods and “hacks” that can make your next adventure into window cleaning a little easier.

Start with a vacuum of the tracks
Cleaning windows is all about squeegees and soapy water, right? Well, not entirely.

To start the ball rolling it’s always a good idea to give your window tracks some love too. It’s best to do it at the start of the job, as water will drip down from the window cleaning process and can make the dirt a lot harder to clean later on.

You can dislodge dirt and muck with an old toothbrush or grout cleaning brush.

Once the dirt has been agitated up, use a vacuum with a crevice extension to suck it all up and, voila, your tracks will be clean, and the windows will be sliding better than ever.

The same technique can also be used for large sliding doors.

Give your screens some love
You can remove a lot of dust and pollen from screens with just a dustpan brush.

Make sure you brush down both sides though to get as much of the dust from the screen as possible.
If your screens are looking a little worse for wear, you can always hose them off before you begin cleaning the windows to get as much of the dirt off them as you can.

Expert tip: if you can remove your screens, it’s best to do so to avoid water entering your tracks or leaking into the house.

Trade in your Windex for a Squeegee
Have you ever seen a professional window cleaner using old newspaper and a spray-on product like Windex to wash your local cafĂ©’s windows? Most likely not.
Why? Well it’s just not quick enough and takes way more effort.

The squeegee is a window cleaner’s best friend, it cuts down on both time and effort and also gives you crystal clear finish.
It works off that whole “work smarter not harder principle”, basically squeegees do a better job in less time.

Learn a squeegee technique
It is well worth learning a good technique with your squeegee so that you can limit the amount of streaks and water left on your glass.

A fairly easy-to-learn technique you could begin with would be the “wipe and swipe” method, which means you swipe from top to bottom or side to side then wipe your squeegee clean between each swipe.

If any water is left on the glass or on the edges, it can be cleaned off with a good quality dry microfibre cloth.

Remember the water that drips down into the track can be used to wipe the track clean once the dirt and muck has been vacuumed.

Break it up
If you tackle your windows on your own and it’s your first time, doing your whole home in one go might feel overwhelming, and it may take you longer than expected.

So why not aim to do just your tracks and screens one day, then the outsides another day, and the insides another time.

Or enlist a good friend or your partner to help you make it more enjoyable!

You can also clean some windows yourself and have a Gold Coast window cleaning business clean the difficult windows that require ladders or poles.

Get all Zen about it
Window cleaning can be quite therapeutic!

Wiping away the dirt and grime that has built up over the year to allow a fresh perspective and more light into your home feels really good.

Also, it feels great when you gaze out the window and you know that the view looks even better from the fruits of your labor.

Chuck on some tunes, grab a squeegee and a bucket of water, and get stuck into it!