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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bec Judd Brings Twins Home

Bec Judd is home with her twinnies and looking gorgeous.

The family of six looks super happy (and no doubt mum and dad are tired) as the settle in a life that has changed forever.

Of course, at TwinnieWorld, we KNOW how hard it can be to tend to TWO mouths, bottoms, and demands.

Bec, we wish you all the very best with your newly expanded brood.

We may be a little (LOT) biased, but we think twins are the absolute BEST thing ever...


And Bec au naturel, sans makeup:


Bec also posted a pic in her skinny jeans (she's in the same outfit above), and some comments on social media has been less than nice.

I say: leave her be! Her body type is her body type, she has just delivered two beautiful, healthy babies, and it's not her first rodeo: the mamma of four clearly works, functions, and tends to her family.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Luna Park: Shopkins and Grossery Gang Village

The school holidays are here!

Yes, we know... you suddenly become an event planner, calendar wrangler, kiddies entertainer, time manager extraordinaire.

You KNOW Luna Park is a no brainer for non stop kiddie fun (unlimited rides, anyone? YES! For kids AND adults) and now the iconic Sydney historical theme park is introducing the BIGGEST Shopkins and Grossery Gang attraction with an entire Shopkins and Grossery Gang Village! YES!




Featuring a Shopkins Swapkins Station allowing children to swap their Shopkins with fellow fans (so, it's Shopkins aficionado heaven) and a Shopkins and Grossery Gang Museum and Treasure Hunt, there will be daily meet and greets with Kooky Cookie throughout Luna Park, and much more.

Featuring every Shopkins and Grossery Gang character ever created, a selection of one of kind Shopkins showbags and merchandise and an exciting opportunity for guests to have their very own Shopkin design made into a real life Shopkin by entering the Design your Own Shopkin competition, the Shopkins and Grossery Gang activities are bound to set little hearts racing and provide endless hours of entertainment these school holidays.


In addition to Luna Park Sydney’s traditional rides, including the recently reinstated Tango Train with a modern twist, LED light show and state of the art technology for a faster white knuckle ride, a brand new experience will be making its debut at the park only for the holiday period – The Avenger. For the older and braver crowd, the ride spins on three axes. Think extreme adrenaline and extreme fun for those brave enough to strap in.


Luna Park Marketing Manager, Brendan Biddell said, “We’re stepping it up a notch these school holidays and offering something for the entire family – the little ones can let loose in the Shopkins and Grossery Gang Village, while the bigger kids and adults can enjoy all the thrills of Luna Park’s rides, venues, attractions and entertainment.”


“Having the Shopkins and Grossery Gang Village is something we are really excited about, it’s a national first and caters to the school holiday crowd - an audience that is constantly on the look out for some extra entertainment options over the holidays.”

As the weather warms up, Luna Park will not only be THE perfect Sydney day out for young and older folks (the ferries wheel! Coney Island! The dodgem cars! The Hair Raiser drop tower! That million dollar view!), you should stay tuned for the fun pop up exhibits like this, themed events like Halloween (Halloscream), and much more.

For all your questions on Luna Park, click HERE.

For more on Shopkins at Luna Park, click HERE.


You can explore the Shopkins and Grossery Gang Villageopen daily during the school holidays from 10am - 4pm.
NOTE: ENTRY IS INCLUDED WITH YOUR UNLIMITED RIDES OR ANNUAL PASS WRISTBAND.
The Shopkins and Grossery Gang Village is open daily until 10 October.
And: it's exclusive to Luna Park Sydney. 


And here is a trailer for the Shopkins FUN at Luna Park:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure: Australian 2016 Tour

Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is the live, ice-skating arena spectacular, starring the characters from the much loved 'Ice Age' films, and it's here during the school holiday season for kids to enjoy - through March and April.



Scrat, Sid and all his pre-historic friends are here. TEG Live, Stage Entertainment Touring Productions and Twentieth Century Fox bring Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure to Australian audiences - the FIRST EVER AUSTRALIAN SHOW performed on Friday 25 March at Newcastle Entertainment Centre then sees the tour continue to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth for the school holidays (pic below from media launch in Sydney, 2016).




Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure combines circus, comedy, aerial arts, exceptional ice-skating, puppetry and film, with a new story based on one of the top-grossing international animated film franchises of all time. Have your kiddies watched 'Ice Age'? Okay... how many times?

Directed by some of the biggest names in live entertainment, this global phenomenon has travelled 25 (YES!) countries in its five-year tour since the premiere at London’s Wembley Arena in November 2012. Due to popular demand, three new shows have been added to the schedule in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Fo all tickets available, go here to Ticketek site.

Here is a teaser clip:



The full run of tour dates are as follows:


CITY
DATE
SHOW TIMES
Newcastle
Fri 25 Mar 2016
2pm

Sat 26 Mar 2016
2pm | 6 pm

Sun 27 Mar 2016
12pm
Brisbane
Fri 1 Apr 2016
2pm

Sat 2 Apr 2016
2pm | 6 pm

Sun 3 Apr 2016
12pm
Melbourne
Fri 8 Apr 2016
2pm

Sat 9 Apr 2016
10am | 2pm | 6pm

Sun 10 Apr 2016
12pm
Sydney
Fri 15 Apr 2016
2pm

Sat 16 Apr 2016
10am | 2pm | 6pm

Sun 17 Apr 2016
12pm
Perth
Fri 22 Apr 2016
2pm

Sat 23 Apr 2016
10am | 2pm | 6pm

Sun 24 Apr 2016
12pm

Tickets on sale now: www.ticketek.com.au/iceagelive

More ABOUT ICE AGE LIVE! A MAMMOTH ADVENTURE
Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is brought to Australia by TEG Live, produced by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions and Twentieth Century Fox directed by some of the biggest names in live entertainment. The show is co-directed by the brilliant mind behind the Cirque du Soleil productions, Ka and Dralion, Guy Caron, with story, music and lyrics created by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson (Cirque du Soleil, Holiday on Ice and APM Music). 

Michael Berg, who co-wrote some of the Ice Age films, supervises character dialogue. Character Visualisation design is headed by co-director Michael Curry (Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney’s The Lion King).

Here are some more pics from the show's International Facebook page (which you can follow here):




Tuesday, March 29, 2016

'Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child' by Maya Shetreat-Klein: REVIEW

TwinnieWorld is lucky to have a guest blogger: Gabriella Dessanti, who will review books for this site, as well as sister site Josie's Juice.

Here, Gabriella reviews the new book 'Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child' by Maya Shetreat-Klein.


Says Gabriella:



This is “the children’s food bible” for any conscientious parent.

This book is a practical step by step guide to heal and nourish a child’s body. A handy take home list at the end of each chapter summarises and reinforces key points.

The author draws on her experience as an integrative paediatric neurologist and various scientific studies to prove that true health begins from our gut. True health she asserts requires diverse and abundant microbes in living elements- sunshine, fresh food, even in soil. Microbial balance and biodiversity and is the key to robust health.  A well- nourished child allowed to interact with diverse exposures becomes naturally resilient.  What is encouraging as a parent that our children’s health is not static but fluid; it can be transformed by changing what they eat and their interaction with nature. Even chronic illness may not be cured but the quality of life can be improved.

The first step for true health is detoxification. She provides a checklist to take an inventory of your child’s health, to look holistically at all symptoms and also gives a guide to recognise toxicity symptoms. To detoxify we need to identify if a child has a full basin as this overflows with toxins and disrupts our cellular health.  Cellular health is critical, if cells are functioning suboptomally this has been implicated in autism, epilepsy, ADHD, allergies, asthma and other chronic conditions. The list of usual suspects we now commonly see in children.

Second step is to heal from choosing food wisely. She discusses food sensitivities and how “healthy” food can hurt us, providing a handy list of typical symptoms for each food sensitivity.  She then provides an elimination diet “how to”. Beyond allergies and sensitivities there are also other foods to avoid including secret sugars in food. She helps us as consumers navigating the misleading and deceptive labeling used by food producers.

The third step is to nourish kids. Part 111 of the book dissects each food group, milk, meat, nuts etc and provides details of how farming and manufacturing process have changed these food groups, what effects these modified foods can have on our bodies and gives us the criteria to look for when purchasing each food.

The fourth step is pulling it all together. We are provided with guidance to put together a shopping list, how to successfully introduce change to the family diet and what to expect.   A sample meal planner is provided together with some useful recipes. She brings together the importance of nature from the outside in- how to effectively grow food in dirt, spend time in dirt, even eat dirt…mud pies, here we come!

I was impressed by the holistic approach of focusing not only on what kids eat and how well they dispose of toxins from their body but also more broadly nurturing their experiences with the natural world. It is a positive and practical guide which helps you slowly take on the daunting task of navigating our complex food environment and changing our diet. I was inspired by the recipes and some clever ideas of to make food exciting for kids.  It also more generally inspires readers to act responsibility for our kid’s sake, stand up to government and industries by voting with our dollar.

The main disappointment is that it is American based; she mentions the ineffectiveness of the American food authorities in protecting the health of our children however no comment in made on the Australian food authority as a comparison. Also some suggestions for sourcing food only have relevance for Americans.
'Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child' by Maya Shetreat-Klein is out now, through Pan Macmillan.

Editor's note: more about the author, from the Pan Macmillan site:

Dr Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, is an integrative paediatric neurologist with a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Board-certified in adult and child neurology as well as paediatrics, she completed the University of Arizona's two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, founded by Dr Andrew Weil, and now serves as faculty. She lectures internationally to medical professionals and laypeople on environmental health and toxins, and healing with food and nature. Dr Shetreat-Klein lives with her family in New York City, where she runs Brainmending, her healing practice and urban farm.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Geomag: Product Review

This was the best little delivery for my little kiddies!

Combining two highly regarded, educational, tried and true play concepts - magnets and construction toys - presenting Geomag which will see your kids opening their mind to be their creative best. 

Geomag is the ultimate open-ended creative construction toy enhanced by the magic and intrigue of magnets, ensuring that the educational benefits that kids learn during play are ones that will stick!

Produced in Switzerland to the most stringent international toys standards, Geomag is now entertaining and inspiring Aussie kids from three to 103, all while providing a wealth of educational benefits developing math, problem-solving, spacial, coordination, creative and thinking skills.  

The characteristics of movement and the fascination of magnetism makes Geomag a unique construction toy. Fun and easy for little hands to manipulate, Geomag ensures that creativity never gives way to frustration. Kids can build ambitiously, big and fast, limited only by their imaginations.

Here is what Geomag looks like (and PS: it is THE perfect gift for Christmas).












The four inspiring lines of Geomag are as below:

GEOMAG CLASSIC Colour:  
This classic set combines magnetic rods, non-magnetic spheres and various accessories to build unlimited models and constructions in a very simple and fun way.  
Five colourful sets containing between 30 to 120 pieces starting from $30 rrp
GEOMAG CLASSIC Panel:
The addition of bright and transparent panels that give more rigidity, colour and appeal to the rods and sphere constructions.  Triangles, squares and pentagonal panels in many different colours across five sets containing from 22 to 180 pieces. From $20 rrp
GEOMAG E-Motion Magic Spin: 
E-Motion expresses the concept of dynamism contained in the Geomag play activity and allows kids to build fun creations in motion, giving life to surprising optical effects.  This collection has special accessories and instructions to create spinning tops and many dynamic constructions.  Available in three various sets starting from the basic ‘speedy spin’ up to the ‘magic spin’, these sets contain from 10 to 38 pieces.  From $30 rrp
GEOMAG Glitter:  
Glitterised rods and panels in new fashion and glamour colours.  Girls will love making creations with magical sparkly effects. Geomag Glitter is available in four sets with a piece count from 22 to 68. From $20 RRP.

STOCKISTS: 0419 432 761
Available at a range of toy stores including Australian Geographic and Kidstuff
www.geomagworld.com ~ Instagram: @Geomagworld #geomag

Highly recommended by TwinnieWorld and Josie's Juice!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Jimmy Giggle's Christmas Party: WIN tickets + album release



Jimmy Giggle!

Mention his name and kids go kinda nuts... and with good reason! Jimmy Giggle is fun and kids respond to his particular brand of joy.

And now, he is bringing the Jimmy Giggle’s Christmas Party Tour to excited kids of all ages.

In fact, there has been a huge demand for Jimmy Giggle’s Christmas Party Tour, with a fifth Melbourne show announced! The response to this tour has been wonderful and this cements Jimmy’s reputation as one of Australia’s most popular children’s entertainers.

Jimmy Giggle is set to light up this festive season adding plenty of cheer to the holiday celebrations with the release of a brand new album, followed by live Christmas shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The magic of Christmas will come alive with Jimmy - joined by Hoot and Hootabelle, the super talented songstress Ali McGregor and a very special guest appearance from Santa and his elves - YES! They will be performing some of your favourite Christmas songs live on stage this December. These shows promise to be the highlight of the summer holidays for children and parents alike. And you know what it's like, parents! School and daycare holidays start, and boom: mum and dad need to be entertainment central.

For tour and ticketing details, visit: www.livenation.com.au.

There is also an exciting new album! Jimmy Giggle’s Christmas Party, just released.

This album features some very special Australian prominent artists and guest celebrities - see track listing below.

Tickets are selling fast for these very limited shows - be sure to get in quick!

JIMMY GIGGLE’S CHRISTMAS PARTY TOUR DATES:
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THE CONCOURSE, CHATSWOOD: SATURDAY DECEMBER 19

ENMORE THEATRE: SUNDAY DECEMBER 20

SYDNEY ARTS CENTRE, MELBOURNE: MONDAY 21, TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER & WEDNESDAY 23 DECEMBER.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:

www.abc.net.au/abcevents and www.livenation.com.au

AND! The Jimmy Giggle 'Christmas Party' album, available November 6.

Jimmy Giggle is set to light up Christmas adding plenty of cheer to your celebrations with the release of a new album.

2015 ARIA award winning nominee, Jimmy Giggle, has teamed up with some very special guest celebrities and prominent Australian artists, such as David Campbell, Tina Arena, Justine Clarke, Deb Mailman, FiFi Box, Kate Miller Heidke, Ali McGregor and Lah Lah to deliver you and your family the Christmas album of the year. Jimmy Giggle’s Christmas Party is chockoblock full of covers of everyone’s favourite Christmas carols, plus a few reworks and originals, including: Deck The Halls, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the snow man and many more. All these favourites will have will have the whole family singing along and having a hoot of time for this years festive season!

Giggle and Hoot is an award winning ABC TV children’s show starring best friends Jimmy Giggle, Hoot the Owl and Hoot’s best owl pal, Hootabelle. Giggle and Hoot focuses on preschoolers lives and routines through friendship, laughter, imagination and music. It airs every day on ABC4Kids and reaches over 2million people each week across 5 metro cities.
Purchase now at ABC Shops.

Tracklisting:
  1. Jingle Bells (FiFi Box)
  2. Rudolph The Red nose Reindeer (Hoot)
  3. Santa Clause is coming to Town (Deb Mailman)
  4. Deck the Halls (Tina Arena)
  5. Frosty the Snowman (Lah Lah)
  6. Jimmy’s Christmas Present
  7. Jingle Bell Rock (Ali McGregor)
  8. Twelve Days of Christmas - Giggle Style (Ali McGregor, Lah Lah,
    Hoot & Hootabelle)
  9. (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag (David Campbell)
  10. ZatyouSantaClaus?(JustineClarke)
  11. SilentNight(KateMillerHeidke)
  12. WeWishYouAMerryChristmas(DavidCampbell,JustineClarke
    & Deb Mailman)

    For more: www.abcmusic.com.au

    And here is the cute as album cover:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Netflix: #5MoreMinutes

Do these kids think we’re amateurs or something? Their eyelids hurt? They’ll die of thirst without more water? It’s like a big deja-vu when your own kid starts rattling off the same bedtime excuses you used back in 19-something-or-another. What these little stall-masters don’t understand is that you’re not clueless… you’re just too tired to argue.
Ha, I love this press release from Netflix!
I will confess right here, right now: my seven year old twins are NOT into making excuses... they know my husband and I won't buy them!
But: most kids DO make excuses, and they are pretty good ones.
As it turns out, bedtime excuses are universal – more than 60% of parents around the globe are dealing with kids’ stall tactics before bed, adding up to nearly 20 minutes every single night. But guess what? It’s time to take back your night with a little help from Netflix.
The Netflix team continue:
Next time you find yourself in the bedtime battle, just tell your kids they can watch an ENTIRE show before bed. Yep, you heard us right, and no, we haven’t lost our minds. 
Just recently, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation launched Dinotrux Favourites, new episodes of the latest hit, all in a nice little 5-minute package - letting your little negotiator think they’re getting away with the age-old ‘just five more minutes’ ploy. In a mere 300-seconds, your kids will be speechless as they march themselves up to bed knowing they got exactly what they wanted. You: 1, Kids’ stalls: 0.
If YOU have a “5 more minute” negotiator on your hands, sure it and tag it with #5MoreMinutes on Twitter and Instagram.
As I said, my kids don't do it (only because my husband and I HAD to go all military style from the beginning, as they are twins and they'd run us down mentally if we had let them right from the start), but the best I can offer is: mum, dad - I am thirsty. They DO however like their extra time on their iPads watching Netflix... I won't lie! I kinda LOVE that... as I do too!
Love this handy Netflix chart: