Mummy Mondays – Junior Jamming

Deakin Edge Melbourne Fed Square

The Urban Ma music

Junior Jamming with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Deakin Edge, Fed Square Melbourne

Working full time means that weekends are the days we get to take baby D out for some fun in the park, at the shops, in the backyard or at music jams. This term we’ve been enjoying Saturday mornings at Mini Maestros and last month the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra had their own jam session. Held at the gorgeous, 0pen space at Deakin Edge, Fed Square, 7 musicians and an engaging conductor took the kids through a musical journey. Suites from Peer Gynt were beautifully played right in front of us with the little ones getting in on the act shaking, clapping and dinging their percussion pieces!

The kids learnt how to use their castanets, tambourines, maracas, bells and triangles at different volumes and tempos and even got to stomp loud and strong for the finale number. Afterwards, the kids had a meet and greet with the musicians.

Such elegant music live for us to hear and be part of. I definitely would recommend this to all parents as a must-do activity to share with their kids. It is a free program however places have booked up fast so check out MSO’s website to put your name down for the wait list and for future events next year.

Junior Jam Melbourne Symphony orchestra
IMG_1731Daniel having a play with the french horn 

IMG_1729We had a nice chat with the oboe player and even found out that this instrument cost her around fifty to sixty thousand dollars!

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IMG_1727Daniel got startled by how loud the flute was able to be played!
IMG_1725We were shown how the snare drum worked
IMG_1713IMG_1710Out of all the things Daniel could’ve picked up, he chose the eggs!
IMG_1709 The Urban Ma Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Outfit of the day:

- beanie from Fred Bare Kids
– Bear jumper and skinny leg jeans by Target
– blue cardigan from Myer
– moccasins by Freshly Picked 

Choreo Cookies in Melbourne

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Choreo Cookies in Melbourne, August 2014

Wow. These ladies and gents are just as charismatic, in sync and totally jaw dropping as they are when you watch them on YouTube. Totally missing Rewind right now after watching the phenomenal Choreo Cookies on stage last Sunday night.

Congrats to all the crews who performed on the stage. Loved the energy, passion and talent.

I can’t wait to see what Baby D’s passion will be when he grows up!


Kstar RnR Liquid Xpress Kstar TDC Tenacity A2D The Urban Ma BattlegraoundsKstar ChoreoChoreo Cookies MelbourneKstar

The night started and ended with flawless showcases by Choreo Cookies and following Melbourne crews also performed:

Kstar
Kstar Mums
TDC
Tenacity
A2D
Kstar
RnR
Liquid Express
Kstar Gen 2 ( dance showcase)
Courtney (singing showcase)

Judges: Mari, Keone and Carlos

Battlegrounds August 2014:
Old Skool – 1st: Daisuke and students Chris, Michael & Ricki 2nd: Kstar mums crew
Freestyle battle – 1st: Daisuke Benson
Monster division – 1st: RnR 2nd: Kstar Monster 3rd: A2D

Choreo Cookies Q&AStyling Daniel The Urban Ma blogDaniel waiting for the show to start back up after intermission – so enthralled by the dancers but still holding on tight to his toy car :)

Wellbeing Wednesday

Wellbeing Wednesday The Urban Ma quotes

Foodie Fridays – St Ali’s

The Urban Ma at St Ali's South Melbourne The Urban Ma orders brunch

 

St Ali’s 
12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Like the enchanting laneways in Melbourne’s CBD where you always seem to find a new place to have coffee or a pop-up store full of eclectic goodies, South Melbourne is also blessed with good quality eateries. One well-known hangout is St Ali’s, perfect for a Saturday brunch with girls and our little male guest, Toddler D.  I hadn’t been there in ages and there were a mix of families, friends and  fitness fiends decked out in their sleek running gear and the latest fitness tracker wearables ordering their Saturday morning coffee.

Amongst all the chatter about the latest mummy, work and relationship goss, we enjoyed smooth coffee, savoury dishes and couldn’t resist the seductive row of sweets laid out on the front counter (I’ll be back for you custard and lychee donut!). The specials board boasted veal shin with roasted root veggies and a pork belly dish with black pudding and mash. I opted for the seafood scrambled eggs with kimchi and it was full of flavour and texture with roasted rice scattered on top. Finished it off with a sweet macadamia blondie. With gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options throughout the menu everyone is sure to find something to satisfy their appetite at this Melbourne institution that should be on everyone’s brunch place list :)

St Ali on Urbanspoon

Daniel at St Ali's The Urban Ma blog Seafood omelette with kim chi St Ali's The Urban Ma blondieSt Ali's South Melbourne

Life Lately #8 – Winter warmers

Rewind Girls catchup at Captain Melville'sdaniel n madison at lola's birthday

Life Lately – Winter Warmers

Family and work have taken up most of the past few months and even so, we’ve managed to fit in some milestone celebrations ie. my grandma partied it up at her 80th birthday last month! Work has been extremely rewarding lately collaborating with great colleagues and learning lots of new things. Daniel’s vocabulary has been expanding quickly and his cuteness has kept my spirits high even through this flu-ey, freezing, Melbourne winter season. So here are a few pics (minus the sleepless nights and packets of cold and flu tablets!).

August collageUp highDaniel the DinosaurThe Urban Ma with Disney carsGreatgrandma and grandmaDaniel loves trampolinesPlaying Masterchef
Brunetti's The Urban Ma Melbourne

Sunday family time – Pt 2: Toys & Crepes

The Urban Ma at Becasse Banoffee crepeThe Urban Ma Becasse menu
Becasse, Melbourne Emporium
Level 2, 287 Lonsdale street, Melbourne

With a full tummy from my sister-in-law’s yum cha birthday celebrations, we decided to take a stroll down to the shiny new Emporium for a bout of shopping and to check out if any more new retailers had finally opened their doors. Victoria’s Secret was open but with a line just to get in so we decided to come back later and make our way to Myer Kids Emporium. Toddler D again fell into the lure of the Thomas the Tank Engine wooden table and train track set, and easily spent what felt like an hour with Percy choo-chooing around the railway! I absolutely love watching him concentrate so hard with his eyebrows furrowed and his lips pursed. There were quite a few amazing bargains in the kids clothing section and I found myself scoring a few Bonds items from $2 – $6 each (there was 30% off already reduced marked prices!). Daniel walked away with some Crayola markers, Edward the train and a Cars playset! The spacious wide aisles of level 4 made shopping a breeze and enjoyable even though there were lots of kids and parents around the place.

After spending time lots of time with the toys we searched for somewhere to take a break before heading back to the car. We found ourselves at the elegant Becasse Bakery on level 2. With clean white walls and rich dark accents, we were immediately seduced by the ambiance and the pretty, little, sweet treats in the window. Smooth saxophone riffs played while the hubby devoured his salted caramel milkshake topped with toffee popcorn and a soft macaroon. I had the banoffee crepes…oh the caramel sauce! Drool!

Bécasse on Urbanspoon

The Urban Ma Becasse kitchenIMG_1627The Urban Ma Becasse Salted caramel toffee popcorn milkshake The Urban Ma Becasse urban spoon The Urban Ma Emporium Melbourne Becasse The Urban Ma Daniel ootd

The Urban Ma Myer Kids EmporiumThe Urban Ma Thomas the Tank Engine
The Urban Ma at Myer Kids Emporium
IMG_1640The Urban Ma daddy and sonThe Urban Ma Russell street Melbourne

Sunday family time – Pt 1. Yum Cha lunch

The Urban Ma visits Crystal Jade Palace MelbourneThe Urban Ma yum cha treat

Crystal Jade Palace
154 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

It was a happy birthday celebration that brought us all together for Sunday lunch at Crystal Jade Palace. First time here and it was bustling with happy chatter and trolleys full of tasty dishes ready for the taking. I never know what to order when going to yum cha and because I eat anything (except for the chicken feet!) I gladly tried out the different pickings of the day including eel and tripe! Daniel loved it and ate everything we gave him, even sipping the tea when he got thirsty. We were seated towards the back end of the first floor restaurant and it was perfect being next to the large windows as Daniel was able to watch he cars below driving down Russell street after he finished eating. With $10 all day parking a few steps away, Crystal Jade Palace is conveniently located in the middle of all the action.

Crystal Jade on Urbanspoon

The Urban Ma sticky ribsThe Urban Ma foodie yumThe Urban Ma yum chaThe Urban Ma blog Crystal JadeIMG_1566The Urban Ma blog windowOOTD: H&M knitted jumper, Target plain black leggings and Freshly Picked moccs
IMG_1596Daniel and his yeye :)
The Urban Ma Forever new vestCuddles with baby Will
IMG_1587The YuansThe Urban Ma blog window
Looks like an ad for City Mini! – seriously love this pram! We’ve taken it all over the place including overseas and it is so easy to maneuver, fold and push along (I’ll have to write up a separate blogpost on it!) 
The Urban Ma Melbourne Little Bourke street yum chaAll rugged up with a nice big coat to protect him from the chilly Melbourne winter day

 

 

 

 

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