Life Lately #6 – plus a Christmas Giveaway!

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The last leg of 2013!

Can you believe it’s almost November!? Lately I’ve gotten accustomed to the fact that time just seems to go by way too quickly and the past few weeks have been no different – I can’t believe I have an almost one-year-old! Being October, the wedding season has started along with Christmas parties many more celebratory events and with an 11-month old in tow this has proven to be just a tad bit more tiring than usual (sorry for my lack of blog posts last week – I’ll make up for it this week!). If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@jacqfruit) you will have seen what my past few weekends have been like. Thank you to all of you for your comments and messages on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts lately and as always if you have any suggestions on any topics you’d like to see in my blog posts please feel free to leave a comment or email me! Also, keep scrolling down to see details on how to enter my first Christmas giveaway! 🙂

– I originally set out to make October the month where I don’t buy anything new…umm, epic fail! I bought a few new things for my little man (shopping haul here) and also for myself as sadly my mat leave is ending soon and I thought I should buy a few new things for my first week back at work.
– visited a few eateries for the first time and also ate at some old favourites! (a local favourite, see here , a variety of new places I’d never been before ranging from Indian cuisine to American style chicken and burgers!
– we took Baby D to his first ever Melbourne Show and I had such a great time I wrote a massive post on it – photo heavy! See here.
– we had lots of nice and quiet family time and walked to the lake every time the sun was out so Baby D could feed the ducks! #itsthesimplethings
– Baby D spent some quality time with both sets of grandparents 🙂
– I attended the 6th annual AHC Dance competition this year not as a competitor but as a volunteer and it was so amazing to see life backstage and all the talented dancers live their passions on the stage at the prestigious Crown Casino venue, The Palms (blog post coming soon)
– I spent some time with Baby leisurely strolling through Melbourne city and South Melbourne visiting little boutiques and eateries
– celebrated lots of birthdays and had a few mothers group get togethers 🙂
– attended a few bloggers events, see here and here
– And finally yesterday, after a week of rehearsals, we took part in a proposal flash mob gig complete with dancing, beautiful log-stemmed roses, a percussionist ensemble, a curious Bourke street mall crowd, a film crew and a very much in love and most organised groom-to-be I’ve ever met! It was a success – she said YES! <3

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A Christmas Giveaway! – Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Melbourne, Burnley Oval.

Melbourne get ready to see a truly magical experience. Burnley Oval will be transformed into Santa’s Magical Kingdom this November and December. The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santa’s Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land including everything that you love about Christmas, plus a spectacular Christmas themed circus show that will amaze everyone. Enjoy an enchanting walk-through wonderland that includes regular snow falls, rides, amusements and a variety of Christmas activities including ginger bread decorating and Christmas sand art. And of course the day would not be complete without the jolly man himself; even Mrs Claus and Rudolph pay a visit!

Tickets include entry, gingerbread decorating, sand art, unlimited rides and access to the Magical Kingdom! Great family value! Tickets are $39.50 plus Ticketek charges. Kids under 3 years of age do not require tickets. To purchase tickets click here. Santa’s Magical Kingdom sold-out in 2012! Dont miss out and get your tickets now.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom Giveaway Details!

WIN a family pass to Santa’s Magical Kingdom for Sunday November 17th, 11am 2013
TO ENTER
1) Share on Facebook, tweet on Twitter or repost on Instagram (use tags #smkgiveaway and #jacqfruit)
AND
2) Email theurbanma@hotmail.com with “SMK Giveaway” in the subject line and the following information:
– your name
– the age/s of your children/s
– where you have shared or reposted (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram)
Competition closes and winners will be drawn at random on Monday November 11th. The winner will be notified by email and must reply within 3 days otherwise another winner will be drawn. The family pass is not transferrable and is available for use on Sunday November 17th 2013 for the 11am session.

Good Luck!

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My Little Man’s shopping haul at UniHill and more!

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When I found out I was having a boy I was so excited and at the same time thought it would be hard to find it fun dressing him – there always seemed to be so much more girly clothes with frills, bows and glitter everywhere.  Boy was I wrong! I have loved putting together outfits for Baby D and this week I took my little man back to UniHill to find us some bargains for a sprucing up of his wardrobe. Armed with some vouchers and comfortable shoes we shopped up a storm –  check out the goodies we got below! 😀

Baby D’s shopping haul!

Cotton On Kids
$5 down from $24.95 a pair of gumboots $24.95 down to $5!  (handy for next winter when Baby D can splash around in the puddles!)
$20 down from $39.95 denim jacket  (I really wanted a denim jacket for myself so when I saw this I had to get it for my little one!)
$10 down from $24.95 long sleeved shirt (I was looking for a denim shirt but found this light coloured one perfect for summer layering!)
$5 down from $14.95 “Talk to my agent” tee (love this pop of aqua colour! I’ll do a blog post soon of Baby wearing some of these!)
$5 down from $14.95 Raglan long sleeve (I currently have a thing for anything raglan!)
$10 down from $29.95 Skinny jeans (love this colour, so bright and happy for the summer days ahead)

Total: UniHill price for 6 items = $55
                  Retail price for 6 items = $149.7
Saving of $94.70!

Adidas
$14 down from $20 Blue checkered backpack (I’m moving on from a nappy bag to a backpack so it’s easier to carry both Baby and Baby’s things!)

Lonsdale
– Lonsdale baby onesie and Russell Atheltic shorts (I can’t remember the prices for these as mum bought them but seeing that mum bought them means that they were a pretty good deal!)

It was Republica Brands’ opening day when we went and there were some really handsome shirts I wanted to buy but we were pressed for time so I’ll have to go back and check them out on another visit soon as they have 50% off until Saturday! I can’t wait to show you how Baby D has been incorporating his new clothes with some favourites from his current wardrobe (below are some outfit pics).

Okay so the shopping didn’t stop there! After we used up all Baby D’s vouchers, my mum and cousins bought so many other things at places like Cotton On where they were able to buy 6 pairs of shoes for a total of $21 (see pics below)! Tees, raglan tops and some funky purple Gola shoes were just some of the things they picked up. Glad to see that the whole family scored some bargains and we’re already planning our next attack visit to UniHill to get started on the Christmas shopping list.

Happy shopping everyone – I hope this has been helpful to those looking to find some great bargains out there!

What are some bargain buys you have recently purchased and where did you find them!?

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Target shopping haul

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Late night shopping at Target

With the hubby and bubby in bed so early, I quickly snuck off to take advantage of the 20% off baby sale at Target and use my Target gift card from the other day’s goodie bag! Being around 8.50pm it was shopping bliss! I was there with a shopping list in hand as I can get distracted very easily.

I always do a little happy dance when I scan the price of something and it comes in lower than the sale sticker. In this case it was a couple of plain boys’ tops that scanned in at $1! Score! I bought a heap of Bonds pieces for Baby D as I love using Bonds pieces to style his comfy outfits. I also thought I’d spring clean up our room with some new bedsheets. Oh and I also bought mascara for $4.50 but I forgot to include it in the pics below.

What are some of the things you love to shop for at Target?


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aby D wears a Bonds Bomber Jacket, Stussy beanie, Fresh Baked tee, ABCD shorts, Adidas kicks

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