GIGGLE AND HOOT YouTube Channel is now live!

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!

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.

MICHAEL JACKSON HISTORY SHOW COMES TO THE GOLD COAST  

MICHAEL JACKSON HISTORY SHOW COMES TO THE GOLD COAST  

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

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

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!

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.
 



Festive fun and babysitting

Festive fun and babysitting

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum

The festive season is here and it's all work parties, boys' nights and girls' nights in this neck of the woods.

My husband and I are like ships passing in the night due to our work/kids/sport/extra-curricular schedule.
If I'm going to a work event or meeting up with friends, I usually go after the kids are in bed.
So, adult time (where we actually LEAVE the house to enjoy an uninterrupted meal together) is very rare.

We attended a wedding together earlier this year - but I probably spent most of that time catching up with my girlfriends who I only get to see once a year.

And my Mum babysat for us to attend an event at our local indoor sports centre a few months ago - but even then, though hubby and I were both out, we were socialising with different people.

My mum came to the rescue again in October so I could attend my beloved RnB Live event in Brisbane (that hubby was also supposed to attend), while hubby attended a friend's wedding.

With my twincesses after swimming lessons. I enjoyed about 10 minutes of having my feet up! Bliss!

Giveaway! Chandon S Chic Easy event in Broadbeach this weekend

Giveaway! Chandon S Chic Easy event in Broadbeach this weekend


An elegant vintage tram, in the heart of Broadbeach, will be the place to be this weekend when the Chandon S Chic Easy experience rolls into the Gold Coast.

The event is taking place at Pratten Park in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, with sessions throughout Saturday and Sunday.

And... Gold Coast Mum has one double pass (valued at $90) to give away!






Journos against bloggers and influencers?

Journos against bloggers and influencers?



Blogger/influencer and media friends, what do we think of this?



As someone who has (and continues to) work as a journalist/ sub-editor (who is also a blogger and social media manager), I can understand the frustration that those in the older generation seem to have about basically anyone these days being able to label themselves as an 'influencer', score contra offers, attend media famils and be a travel writer without any qualifications or experience.

However, I find this be...low public post (and the one about the same guy also posted within the same group) a bit too much.
Screams bullying to me.
(See the comments and public post here).

Get HAPPY on the Gold Coast this weekend at The Color Run!

Get HAPPY on the Gold Coast this weekend at The Color Run!


By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum

LOOK OUT GOLD COAST The Color Run IS COMING!





The Color Run is super kid-friendly and is such an exciting, beautiful, joyful experience for parents to have with their children.


We have been counting down the days to this year's Color Run, being held Sunday 16th July, 2017, at the Southport Broadwater Parklands!

It is expected to be a fantabulous day - especially as it's a family friendly activity that we can all enjoy!


Love letters on Valentine's Day and a pen GIVEAWAY

Love letters on Valentine's Day and a pen GIVEAWAY

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum

Last year I found some love notes my husband and I had written to each other in the early months of our relationship.

We celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this year, and have been together 17 years this April!
Man I feel old!
Next year we will have been together for HALF OF OUR LIVES!
That's insane!
(It isn't always rainbows and butterflies though. We've had trials and tribulations like most couples.)

Letters like this one I received, along with a plastic rose, for our 5-MONTH anniversary always deliver those indescribable feelings - the butterflies in your stomach and fond, fond memories.
(The night he gave it this to me we were both aged 18, smooching in the back of his car after he drove me home from picking me up from the train station after work).




Stranger gives Gold Coast mother a piece of her mind about car airconditioning

Stranger gives Gold Coast mother a piece of her mind about car airconditioning

By Lauren - Gold Coast Mum
I can't even...


A friend received this note today whilst sitting in her parked car outside a 
#goldcoast school.


Her baby was sleeping in the car and she had the air-conditioning running - as many parents do in warm weather - while waiting to do school pick-up.


A women aged in her 50s tapped on the window & hand-delivered this note.






Seems mums can't do anything right these days... 
Can you even?!?!? 


The hand-written note reads:
"Just a short note to let you know that your air con is very noisy. I do not use mine because it is unhealthy, bad for your lungs & most of all your complexion.
Do not feel obliged to turn it down, it is only my opinion about it."

"& most of all your complexion". Seriously?
Never mind the apparent 'health' issues that in-car aircon can cause. It's our COMPLEXION that we should all be prioritising.
Should babies and toddlers (& children, adults and elderly) be forced to sit in sweltering conditions to avoid such a risk to their precious complexion?
Ermmmm let's weigh up the risks shall we...


On a day like today, when the outside temperature was mid-30s, temps can reach 50 degrees+ in just a matter of minutes in an UN-airconditioned car.
I think that's more of concern, don't you?

Since when has it been OK for a stranger to share such 'advice'.
The mum who received the note, was shocked and responded with "I have a baby sleeping in the car".
Friends have since told the mum she should have told the lady to take her opinion and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.

Should people keep such opinions to themselves? 
What is this world coming to?

What are your thoughts?

What random advice/unwanted opinions have you received?

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