Friday, October 28, 2016

Giveaway! Santa's Magical Kingdom!

Normally I believe that Christmas festivities should not start until December. But when an opportunity to give away TWO family passes (valued at $140 each!) to Santa's Magical Kingdom on November 19th came up I decided I was happy to bend the rules a little bit. Please read on to see how you could be a winner!

Have you heard about Santa's Magical Kingdom? It seems pretty ace to me! Bringing all the wonder and joy of a traditional Festive Season, Santa’s Magical Kingdom returns to Melbourne after 4 successful years, making it the annual Christmas event that cannot be missed. Visited by thousands of people from all around Australia, Santa’s Magical Kingdom has become a Christmas tradition for many families.

The event will include:
- A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland
- Snowland, where you can meet the Snow Queen
- A free gift when you meet Santa
- A brand new International Christmas Show Spectacular
- Roving Christmas characters
- Christmas Craft Village where you can make your own Christmas tree decoration
- Gingerbread Land, where you can decorate your own gingerbread man
- Interactive Letter Writing area and Storytelling area with Mrs Claus
- Amusement Rides & Games, including Santa’s Sleigh Ride, the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the Largest Super Slides in the country, The Elves Magical Train Ride and MORE!!!

As well as all that, Rudolph will be celebrating his birthday at Santa’s Magical Kingdom. Rudolph loves parties, so we need to impress him and celebrate in style! Rudolph will be joined by Mrs Claus, the Snow Queen, as well as Trolls: Poppy and Branch to celebrate his birthday.  Every child will receive a special gift.  All activities are inclusive with your Santa’s Magical Kingdom Admission Ticket. Rudolph’s Birthday will be celebrated on specific dates during the season. Check the website to find out when!

I'm pretty excited to be stealing (I'll give them back!) some of my favourite kids and heading along to the opening night, I'll report back on the best bits for you!

You can win one of TWO family passes, just by filling out this form and telling me what is the best or worst Christmas gift you have ever received.

(If the form doesn't load, copy this link into your browser: )

Entries close at 6pm on Friday November 4th and the two answers that amuse of confuse our judge the most will be deemed the winners. I'll contact the winners via email shortly afterwards.

You can buy tickets to Santa's Magical Kingdom at Ticketmaster.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

On Friendship

I've been thinking about friendship a bit lately, and I have some thoughts. They're a bit random, but here we go...

Disclaimer: I have fantastic friends and they know who they are, even if I don't see them or talk to them as much as I would like to, because life. This isn't about them. In fact, it's not really about anyone in particular. 

Over the years I've had friends who just haven't stayed the distance. In some cases there were clear reasons why we 'broke up', in others we just drifted apart, no real issue that caused the demise, just neither of us made any effort anymore, and there's no hard feelings. Eventually though, there's unfriending on Facebook and just no more contact. Although if I saw them i the street I'd probably say hello and stop for a chat. 

There's been a couple of people who have just plain and simple stopped returning my messages. For no reason that I know of. But having said that. I'm also guilty of 'phasing people out', and I have my own reasons for that, so I'm guessing they do as well. That's life!

I read a thing once (and forgive me if I get this wrong, I can't be bothered googling it as I tap this out on my phone when I really should be asleep) anyyyyyyway, the thing said that friends don't have to be forever to mean something. The universe provides us with the right person at the right time. To teach us something, it to help us deal with something, or even just to have a damn good time. They do their 'job' and are gone. We may mourn it for a bit, or we might not even notice. This makes sense to me. 

I've got my own theory about friendship. Think about your really close friends, the ones you've had for ages. I bet they have other close friends as well, hell, their close friends could even be YOUR close friends. That's because good people surround themselves with other good people. They've weeded out the crap over the years. 

We don't have to be BFF's with everyone we come across. Yes, we need to be respectful and polite, but we don't need to start threading friendship bracelets straight away. I barely have enough time for the friends I do have, let alone new ones. As a friend of mine likes to say 'I'm not hiring right now!' Having said that, you can always make room for the perfect candidate, can't you? 

And finally, something I have noticed over my time on this planet is that women who don't have at least one close girlfriend they've had for years turn out to be people I should NOT have trusted. Always. Without exception. I reckon there's a reason for that. I'm going to try and learn to trust my gut more. In the past I have given too many people the benefit of the doubt, and I'm the one that ends up suffering. No more!

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