Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2014

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014 MelbourneSanta's Magical Kingdom The Urban Ma blog JacqfruitSanta Melbourne blogger

 

We were so excited to take Mr D to Santa’s Magical Kingdom last night – to see him smile after not feeling well all week was the best! Mr D decorated his own little gingerbread man, he watched the circus acts while eating nuggets and chips, he flew down the giant slide and had fun exploring all the activities under the huge tent while merry Christmas carols played.

This year Santa’s Magical Kingdom has set up camp at the Caulfield Racecourse and sessions run from Thursday to Sunday up until December 23 (you can book your tickets here).

Enjoy an interactive, walk through adventure that incorporates everything that you and your family love about Christmas. 

As you will probably be able to tell from the pics below, we all had an enchanting time!

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Santa's Magical Kingdom kid-friendlyConquered the giant slide, decorated his dessert before eating it, Lego building and fun on the merry-go-roundChristmas gingerbread man Santa's Magical Kingdom Melbourne eventsBeautifully decorated areas under the magical tent
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Scared and excited at the same time, Mr D conquered the giant slide!
plane ride toddler rideLego land Santa's Magical KingdomPracticing to be a master builder lol!
Gingerbread man ChristmasWe all enjoyed the gingerbread man decorating. Finished up by eating it with coffee from the foodstall!
SMK games Melbourne blogger mumStory time with Mrs Claus
ferris wheel ride
Before going home we enjoyed the night time view up high on the ferris wheel
Ferris wheel ride Santa's Magical KingdomMrs Claus the Urban Ma blog Melbourne

Fun for all the family! Congrats to the winner of the Urban Ma blog Santa’s Magical Kingdom ticket giveaway! Check the “Giveaways” tab for more prizes.

Priceline Haul Nov 2014

Priceline Haul make up

Thought I’d just put a quick post up in case you didn’t know already! 40% off cosmetics at Priceline today (previous Priceline Haul post here!)and if you can’t make it to the stores then don’t worry you can always shop online! Perfect timing to kick start your Christmas present shopping or stock up on your essentials :) Let’s start with the pretty peach gift pack I bought for one of my KK’s!

Nude by Nature In the Spotlight Complexion Collection $49.95 down to $29.95 – I bought an NBN gift pack for myself last Christmas and I loved their mineral veil and powders so thought it would be nice for someone else to enjoy it! This gift pack comes with:
- Airbrush Mineral Primer 20ml
- Mineral Cover 3g
- Mineral Veil 3g
Limited Edition Shimmer Birck 12g
Mineral Lip Gloss Flirty 10ml
- a cute kabuki brush
- a 5 piece brush kit perfect for your handbag
- and a cosmetic bag to put all your goodies in!

Models Prefer Nude Eyeshadow Palette $10.00 down to $6.00 – another Chrissy present for a luck friend, I bought this palette as I had heard it is a good dupe for the Urban Decay Naked range. Didn’t get the chance to test the shadows in the store but 12 neutral shades for $6 is a pretty good deal!

Essence Silky Touch Blush in 60 Life’s a Cherry $5.10 down to $3.06 – very pigmented so you only need to use a little. Such a pretty pink colour to brighten up your face.

BE 2 pack black eyeliner with a pencil sharpener $3.00 down to $1.80 – found this little pack and I needed a sharpener so I though why not buy one that comes with two eyeliner pencils! Turns out the eyeliner is pretty good and doesn’t tug on your eyelid when you apply it! Just gotta test out how long it lasts but for $1.80 I’m super happy with it. Always need an emergency pencil in the car or your bag!

Nude by Nature Bright Eyes $19.90 – With lack of sleep lately (or should I say the past two years!), I feel my eyes have been needing a bit more TLC so I bought this soothing eye gel for some extra hydration and to soothe my eye area during those times they feel hot and irritated.

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Dark Circle Corrector + Concealer $24.95 down to $14.97 – Another eye product I bought was this double ended corrector and concealer that covers dark circles with the yellow colour and brightens the eye area with the light colour. Applied with a cool steel roller makes my skin feel fresh and re-energized.

SkinVitals Eye Lift Eye Mask – $1.99 My go to eye mask. I use this every time I feel like my eyes are puffy and tired. I leave it on for 15mins before going to bed and it feels amazing!

 

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Australis Oh Hai Brow Brow Shaping Kit $16.95 down to $10.17 – Thought while the sales are on I’d try out this kit which I’ve seen a lot of beauty Youtubes and beauty bloggers recommend. I still currently use my FOA brow kit and love it but thought I’d give this one a go :) It’s a lot bigger and chunkier that the FOA kit but it also includes a highlighter.

Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz $14.95 down to $8.97 – Another Australis product I picked up was this finishing spritz. Again I’ve heard some good things about it here online so thought I’d give it ago. Will let you know how it goes once I’ve used it a few times. Hopefully it’ll really help keep my make up last longer. I don’t wear a lot but it always seems to have disappeared by the end of the day especially lately when I’ve been attacked by hayfever – the never-ending use of tissues etc has made me feel so dry and naked by the end of the day.

And lastly on to all the lip products! I didn’t buy too many lip products in the last cosmetics sales so there were a few colours I was looking for and ended up purchasing the following.

Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty $4.70 down to $2.82 – was looking for a nude lippy so I thought I’d try this one out. After watching some of MissTango2′s videos, I decided to check out more Essence products :)

Australis Colour Inject Lipstick in Mash Up – $12.95 down to $7.77 - I don’t already have a dark lip colour so I was looking for one to add to the mix! Love this one by Australis and can’t wait to wear it. I’ll post pics up on Instagram when I do so keep an eye out :) @jacqfruit

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 112 $12.95 down to $7.77 – Love this brownish shade…when I swatched it it reminded me of Rachel from Friends in some of the first few episodes back in the day!

Maybelline Colour Sensational in 916 Neon Red $16.95 down to $10.17 – Love the Maybelline lipsticks particularly 635 Very Cherry (this red colour really pops and I’ve used it at various dance gigs and just for nights out with the crew) and 914 Vibrant Mandarin – a fun, bright orange shade. Can’t wait to use this neon red shade – it looks like it will be easy to wear, red but with a hint of orange.

 Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop in Berry Flavour $3.95 down to $2.37 – Super momoisturizingn fun packaging and a fruity scent. Will be using this heaps especially in the air-conditioned office – “8 hours continuous moisture”.

So there you have it! Hope this post was helpful! Happy shopping and let me know in the comments what things you end up buying!

Hot with fever

The Urban Ma toddler has fever

Sleepless nights. Hot flushes. Sporadic cries and doctors.
You know something’s wrong when the little one doesn’t want to play with his cars. A fever on-and-off for a couple of days now. Even though it’s been hard and so tiring, one thing I have been loving is the non-stop cuddles and hugs he has been needing. Closeness. His head on my shoulder feels so comforting and he falls in and out of sleep as we just sit on the couch watching movie after movie.

Nurofen for Kids
plenty of water
a damp face washer to place on his neck and forehead
an electronic thermometer

What are your essentials for when your little one is sick? How do you bring the fever down?
The above list is for him. The below list is for me:

plenty of water
snacks
eye masks (for those hot, sleep-deprived eyes)
a hard drive with a bunch of movies to watch while the little one wants to be carried and held.

After over a year or so of not having time to watch movies, I think I’ve made up for it over the past few days viewing The Wolf on Wall Street, American Hustler, Morning Glory, Enough Said, Think Like A Man Too, Hunger Games – Catching Fire and Her (has anyone seen this one? What did you think?).

Get well soon baby.

Thinking Out Loud

I’ve been listening to this song all week on the way to and from work and was only able to watch the clip to it now – such a cool surprise to see that the choreography was by the super talented couple Tabitha and Napoleon!!! Their musicality and ability to turn sound into beautiful movement is effortless.

On a side not, if you want to see some amazing talent in dance, coming up real soon on Saturday November 29th are the 2014 Australian Dance Crew Championship finals!! Tabitha and Napoleon have been previous judges of the event that which features urban and hip hop dance crews from around Australia.

#ADCC2014 finals will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall so if you want to feel inspired and want to check out the hottest dance talent in Oz, be sure to get your tickets here now! You do not want to miss the latest showcases and  unparalelled talent of MC Philly who be hosting the finals this year.

Check out previous posts here and here to see the explosive dance crews who will be bringing their passion, hours of rehearsals, and their talent to the ADCC stage!

Foodie Fridays – Filipino flavor hits Melbourne city!

honeyGJ's Grill beef tapa
When you get that craving for crunchy cripsy pata or Filipino style BBQ skewers and you don’t have a Filipino friend to visit for dinner, you can now get your Filipino fix right next to the Vic Market. Sheila and Len’s new venture GJ’s Grill, is a Filipino restaurant right in Melbourne’s CBD. Homemade atchara (Filipino pickled relish) and marinated meaty goodness served with flavorsome garlic rice are the main offerings that will get your tastebuds in a frenzy. Friendly service by passionate owners, we enjoyed our beef tapa and lechon dishes. Make sure you keep an eye out for the restaurant’s sign as the place is found down at the end of a walkway opposite the market.

Along with pork and chicken, you can also choose from grilled milkfish, salmon or squid. If you’re new to Filipino cuisine then GJ’s Grill is a nice introduction to the soy and garlic flavors of Filipino cooking.

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GJ's Grill lechon The Urban Ma
Happy owners Sheila and Len of GJ's GrillFilipino BBQ sticks from GJ's GrillGJ's Grill homemade atcharaGJ's Grill Filipino restaurant in MelbourneThe Urban Ma blog Styling Daniel

What’s your favorite staycation destination? This is one of ours…

Kyneton The Urban MaKyneton Bushland Resort For over three decades our family has been enjoying staycations at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Now with our little bubbas, a new generation has started enjoying the family tradition of staying at these self contained cabins surrounded by gum trees, kangaroos and all inclusive activities keeping us outdoors and active.

Canoeing
Tennis
Mini golf
Swimming
Squash
Bike rides
Playgrounds
BBQ areas and more

As a child I always remember papa playing tennis and us kids with family friends and relatives riding our hired bikes from one activity to the other. For a treat we’d go into Kyneton’s town centre for some sweets at the local bakeries. Now we love checking out all the cafes and cute little boutiques on Piper street. Definitely a family friendly place to visit and can’t wait for many more decades of outdoor fun!

Where are your favourite family staycations? You know, those places that are a home away from home and not too far away!
I’d love some suggestions on other great places to visit.

The Urban Ma BBQ time at KynetonIMG_0198 IMG_0203 Cozy houseLazing around in our comfy cabin

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Thought for the day – Compliments

 

compliments

 

A friend sent this to me the other day after noticing that I don’t take compliments very well. Just a little thing I need to work on. This cute little pic makes it a lot easier! :) Grateful for honest friends.

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