Out & about on the Gold Coast - hubby's birthday weekend

Out & about on the Gold Coast - hubby's birthday weekend

We celebrated my hubby’s birthday over the weekend.

Saturday morning, hubby enjoyed a rare treat - a game of golf!
He used to be a regular but since having our twins 21 months ago, he has only had time to play around three times.

After his game, he met the children and I at their swimming lessons and then, after heading home to get ready, we went and checked out the Gold Coast Turf Club's family fun day.


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The kids loved seeing the horses in action on the track, riding ponies, the entertainment, getting their faces painted and just enjoying the whole vibe.
We also bumped into some friends which was fantastic!





























Miss 5 also loved looking at all the ladies' frocks and fascinators - and I even took the opportunity to wear a head piece just for fun.


Gold Coast Turf Club family fun day.Image: goldcoastmum.com
Miss 5 loved showing off some funny facial expressions ;-)





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On Sunday, hubby's actual birthday, we caught up with family and stuffed ourselves silly at the Max Brenner Australia​ chocolate bar at Robina Town Centre​.


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We tried out the two limited edition hot chocolates (only available this month) – Luscious Liquorice (milk hot chocolate with a Liquorice milk infusion) and Strawberry Fields Cheesecake (strawberry cheesecake white hot chocolate). 

Max Brenner's Luscious Liquorice and Strawberry Fields Cheesecake limited edition hot chocolate drinks.
Max Brenner's Luscious Liquorice and Strawberry Fields Cheesecake limited edition hot chocolate drinks.


After our chocolate-filled afternoon tea, the kids’ highlight (before going off to play in the park after sitting patiently) was the Chocolate Mess Party for Two (a chocolate sponge cake in a tin topped with ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles).
We served this with candles I brought along to sing Happy Birthday (and then shared between 6 adults and 4 children). 
YUM!




** Gold Coast Mum was gifted the two hot chocolates for review purposes. All opinions my own.

iPad Mini 3 giveaway thanks to Origin’s awesome littleBIGidea competition

iPad Mini 3 giveaway thanks to Origin’s awesome littleBIGidea competition

By Lauren – Gold Coast Mum

Seriously, how clever and creative are our children?
Kids have limitless imagination and come up with amazing ideas!

To help unearth the nation’s next world-changing invention, Origin is calling on budding young inventors from Years 3-8 to enter their ideas into this year’s littleBIGidea competition for a chance to win an innovation trip of a lifetime to NASA’s Cape Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

The competition provides a platform for kids to continue Australia’s rich tradition of innovation, which has seen the black box flight recorder, the bionic ear, Wi-Fi hotspots and the humble notepad, amongst others, invented and developed on these shores.



Origin littleBIGidea ambassador, James O’Loghlin, said thinking up a new idea or invention is fun and exciting, but it can sometimes be tricky to know where to start
Origin littleBIGidea ambassador, James O’Loghlin, said thinking up a new idea or invention is fun and exciting, but it can sometimes be tricky to know where to start.


So, mums, dads, relatives and guardians, it’s time to get your kids to put their thinking caps on, or put pen to paper to showcase the awesome inventions they’ve been coming up with. 
By simply sharing their plans and entering this Origin competition they have a chance to enjoy an incredible experience!

You can help them create a video, draw a picture or take a photo of their idea along with a description in 200 words or less. Remember, their ideas must be original and practical, so it mustn’t already exist.

Former host of the ABC’s ‘The New Inventors’ and Origin littleBIGidea ambassador, James O’Loghlin, said thinking up a new idea or invention is fun and exciting, but it can sometimes be tricky to know where to start.

“I encourage students who are keen to enter but don’t have an idea in mind yet to start by looking at things that already exist. Is there something that’s already out there that you can make better, or can you improve an existing product to make it easier to use?

“Experiment! Draw a picture of your idea, write down how it will work, and build a model or a prototype. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t quite work the first few times. Inventors almost always fail before they succeed.

“Tell your family and friends about your idea. They may have some suggestions on how to make it better. Ask lots of questions and remember, no idea is too big or too small,” O’Loghlin said.  

The competition is now open and entries close on Friday 21 August 2015 (next week).
Further details can be found here: www.littlebigidea.com.au

For tips on how to get your kids to come up with a brilliant idea for the future, check out this You Tube clip:




The 12 littleBIGidea finalists will be flown to Sydney to present their ideas to the judging panel on Tuesday 6 October at the Powerhouse Museum. Three overall winners (one in Years 3-4, one in Years 4-5 and one in Years 7-8) will win an innovation trip of a lifetime to Florida, USA including a visit to the NASA Kennedy Space Center. 

littleBIGidea is part of Origin’s Energy For Schools program — a free, online energy education resource for teachers and students from grades three to eight. This year marks the program’s 12th anniversary.




To celebrate this amazing opportunity, Origin has offered ONE iPad Mini 3 to giveaway to one Gold Coast Mum reader!

GIVEAWAY -   WIN an iPad Mini 3


Origin will provide one Gold Coast Mum reader with an iPad Mini 3.
For your chance to win the iPad Mini 3, visit Gold Coast Mum on Facebook &/or follow on Instagram, tag a friend &/or leave a comment on this post.

To score extra entries, see the Gleam app at the top of this page or here:
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SO easy to enter:
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2. TAG a friend/comment on the relevant Gold Coast Mum post on Instagram or Facebook.
3. Visit www.goldcoastmum.com and leave a comment on the relevant blog post/ see opportunities to score extra entries.
Please see terms & conditions. Entries close on 21/08/15 at 5pm AEST.


Terms & Conditions:
Open to residents of Australia only. This is a game of skill not a game of chance. 
Entries via Instagram, Facebook, www.goldcoastmum.com  and the Gleam app will be considered.
The winner will be chosen on originality and creative merit. The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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Entries close on 21/08/15 at 5pm AEST and winner will be announced via Facebook and Instagram. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize otherwise the prize will be awarded to another entrant.
Prizes are not transferable, changeable or redeemable for cash. Gold Coast Mum and Origin will not be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage that occurs in connection with the prize or the winner’s participation in the promotion.