The Party Is Over

It has been a little over a week since I last wrote a post on the blog...I have to apologize, but sometimes stuff you are way too exhausted from walking around theme parks all day to muster up the energy to type.

You know you're not 20 anymore when the most important thing to pack for a visit to the theme parks is pain killers....and I didn't even get on any of the rides! 

We're back home now, our holiday behind us...and wouldn't you believe it, pretty much the second I stepped off the plane into a colder climate, I got the flu....grrr

Welcome back to reality BAM!

So, I'm pretty much dying right now, and not afraid to whine about it!

I promise I'll be back soon....

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Seaworld : Take Two

I know that the last time we visited Seaword I shared a bunch of photos with you, and I promised myself I wouldn't do it this time.....but oops I did it again (oh I crack me up).

Actually, the cold hard truth is, I'm just addicted to Seaworld. It is, by far, my absolute most favourite theme park to visit....the days when I was happy to stand in an hour long queue for a 1 minute rollercoaster ride and way behind's all about the animals for me now.
Last time we went, we were good little munchkins and saved our dollars...I only paid for what I absolutely had to...this time around though, such a different story...

Every other time I've been I've always said "next time" we would do some of the experiences and photo ops...but then next time came, and I said next time.....
Well no more "next time"....well actually, there were a couple of "next time" things, like the "Penguin Feeding", but purely because Monkey is not old enough to participate yet...

So what did we do that was on our "next time list" you're wondering? Well you're gonna have to wait until Friday to find's totally not a big secret, but I did think it would make an awesome "Friday Five" post...sooo...
It's Movie World for us tomorrow peeps...and then, well actually...I don't think we've decided that yet. Only 5 more day til home time....gotta make 'em count!

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The Australia Zoo Dream

Ever since Monkey was old enough to talk, we've had a dream. A dream that involved animals and the Irwin family...

My Monkey and I have been pretty obsessed with Steve Irwin since we watched the first episode of his tv show when it aired here in Australia, a lot of my friends thought he was an, I loved him. Loved his enthusiasm for life, his passion for what he believed in, loved how much he loved the creatures that we share this planet with. What's not to love about that!
So Monkey came up with a plan to visit Australia Zoo and hopefully, if we were really super lucky, we'd even get to meet Steve. Sadly he died before that dream was realised...but, we decided that the dream was still good, it just had to be adjusted a little.

Pretty much every time we have made our way to Queensland since then, we've bought tickets to Australia Zoo, but for one reason or another, we just have never made it there...until yesterday! 
Just call me whoever it is that makes dreams come true...because that's what I did yesterday, and to be quite frank...I nailed it!

As my baby girl walked through the entrance to Australia Zoo, she smiled at me and said "mum, my dream just came true", and I almost cried. I freaking almost cried.

Fulfilling a dream is huge ya know. That's not something that happens every day.  It might not be a huge thing to most people, but for her ... that's something she has wanted for as long as I can remember. 

She didn't only get to visit Australia Zoo yesterday, but she also learned that you can make your dreams happen, which is such an important thing for a kid to know.

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Favourite Things...Gold Coast Edition (WIN $150)

Today's post is coming to you straight from the GC (Gold Coast for those of you not in the know) ... it's like the OC but without the housewives...!

Monkey and I are here for the next 2 weeks with some friends, so today's 5 Things for Friday are all GC themed....

1. PENGUINS (at Seaworld) // 2. DREAMWORLD // 3. HEATED POOL (at our apartment) // 4. TAKEAWAY FOOD (such variety, so cheap) // 5. POLAR BEARS (at Seaworld) what better way could there be to celebrate the fact that we have escaped winter for some Queensland sunshine than in $150 cash. Sounds more than a little fantastic to me. 

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Five Things we did

Don't you feel like some days you just need to not you just need to sit and be still...
That's how I feel today, I'm gonna let the photos speak for themselves...

1. Met our new nephew/cousin….and took a gazillion photos of him…

2. Monkey drew a picture for a street performer whose music we were enjoying, and donated a few coins along with her one of a kind, original artwork!

3. Bought a cupcake to support the RSPCA’s Cupcake Day fundraiser, because we love animals!

4. Taught Baby Bear how to cook Tuna Pasta….she was so proud!

5. Took some selfies….because we can!
Have an awesome weekend

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I Wanna Go...

It is count down to our holiday week....only 6 more sleeps to go and we will be laying back, thawing out my feet in the Queensland sun.

More importantly is count down to new nephew DAY! I will literally have a new nephew either tonight or tomorrow, as I type my sister is in the hospital sucking back the laughing gas and making prank calls to her family, because I guess she thinks it's funny that every time she calls we are expecting her to tell us he's here....   today is meet my gorgeous new nephew day...

and WOOOO! I got a new phone day....but more about that later!

So in light of all this wonderfulness happening this week....and the fact that I am in holiday mode already...I wrote a bucket list for all the places I have to go to in Australia....because, well, I'm here already, so why not, and because I am one of those weird people who start planning my next holiday before I've taken the current's just something I like to do...

1. Springbrook National Park located on Australia's Gold Coast Hinterland....I've been dying to go here for some time now just so I can take photos of all the pretty nature'll probably be pretty relaxing long as there are no leeches or ticks!

(photo by GARDEL Bertrand / Getty Images)

2. Uluru.....well actually pretty much anywhere in the Northern Territory would make me happy...but how awesome would it be to sit on top of that huge red rock and watch the sun set over the outback!
(photo by Tourism Australia)

3. Great Ocean Road .... like, take a look at that photo and tell me why not! 

(photo by Jonathan Esling Photography)

4. Aurora Australia in Tasmania....better known to non sciencey kinda people like me as, the Southern pretty, so want to see this in real life...

And that's it for now....I mean, really I could go on and on, but I think it's best to start with a few goals, scratch them off the list and then add some new ones. How gorgeous are those places though....

If you could travel anywhere in Australia, where would you go?

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Ask Away Cash Giveaway

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To celebrate Ask Away's 4th Blogiversary I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you a CASH GIVEAWAY!

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A Few of my Favourite Things

Finally the weekend has come around, and I for one could not be happier to see it! You know those days when everything seems to go wrong...well I've had that day all week and I'm kinda over it. 

I've got big plans for this weekend, most of which will be all about making me smooth and pretty...because at the moment I am a hairy beast (winter just makes me lazy) who also desperately needs to colour her hair, and I am not even exaggerating. So before I go off and primp myself into a fresher version of me, I'm joining up with September Farm for the Oh Hey It's Friday Link Up....which all about things in 5's. 

This weeks favourite things, the silver linings in my clouds...
1 // 
My favourite bottle of perfume which I have deprived myself of for 13 years and finally decided I deserve....and now all week I've been spreading the smell of spring everywhere I go, and that's probably exactly why the weather has been much warmer (that or the fact that we are nearing the end of winter), but I prefer to think that it's the perfume.
 2 //
Homemade Fruit & Nut chocolate, which dare I say is way better than I ever expected it to be, and 

3 //

Club Jetstar - because I get to fly to the Gold Coast for $9 next week, thanks to their exclusive sales

4 //
Say hello to my new best friend...Nude by Nature "Bright Eyes". I seriously love that this stuff because it makes me look like I actually sleep sometimes...even though I really don't. Plus the fact that I bought it on sale makes me even happier. Looking fresh and $6 richer!

5 //
The new range of Partylites products that came out in this months new love, in love, in love with all the gold! Can't wait for all the new products I just ordered for my consultant kit to arrive.


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