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{ Fun } Get Amazingly Excited At Santa's Magical Kingdom This Year! #SMK #FunWithKids

Last week to get excited and have crazy fun times with your family at SANTA'S MAGICAL KINGDOM! Don't miss out, there are some tickets left! See the fun we had!

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{ Shop } Enjoy A Unique Christmas Gift Shopping Experience At Myer Giftorium! #Giftorium #Myer #Christmas

Feeling overwhelmed about Christmas Shopping this year? Well, let Myer Christmas Giftorium help you with a unique shopping experience that the whole family can enjoy together. Come and see inside....

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{ Craft } HOW-TO Make Micador Buddies using Foam & Air Clay

With school holidays are looming AGAIN and you will need a babysitter in a box! :) This Micador Buddies product could be what you are looking for! See for yourself as Davey & I make Bullseye the Cow with Foam & Air Clay - Watch here...

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{ Make It! } Finger Loom Tutorial Fishtail Single Border Band Rainbow Loom

Finger Loom TUTORIAL Fishtail Single Border Rainbow Loom With Inspiring Mums® #spotlightncm #imadethis #loombands #tutorial #howto - With Thanks to SPOTLIGHT STORES for the products used in this video.

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{ Event } National Craft Month Preview Spotlight 2015 With Inspiring Mums®  Inspiring Mums® Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog featuring highlights from the Spotlight National Craft Month 2015 preview of innovative new products available from Spotlights stores

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{ Event } Bloggers BBQ Photo Highlights January 2015

Photo highlights from the Kids Business Bloggers BBQ in January 2015 and some benefits of being part of the blogging community as a mum. Enjoy!

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{ Event } Bloggers & Brands Connect At #Bloggers_BBQ Melbourne

Find out about some of the great innovations in products and services coming onto the market by brands like Steggles, Life Like Touring, Dyson and more here direct update from the Bloggers BBQ Melbourne!

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{ Life } 2014 Inspiring Year In Review

2014 WHAT A YEAR AT Inspiring Mums®! We take a look at the year of fun that it was, what we had as a family and work, our new furry addition and the wonderful prospects coming for 2015!

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{ Beauty } This is what happened after using NEWA® for a month

NEWA® Skin Rejuvenation System Product Trial with before & after photos with Heather James, Inspiring Mums® age 40 :)

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{ Event } Highlights from Santa's Magical Kingdom Opening Night

Getting all excited for Christmas!

For many years while I was growing up, Christmas wasn't the most fun time of the year, to be honest. My dad would get very emotional because my mum used to love Christmas and she wasn't there to enjoy it with us as a family. She really loved Christmas. So when she passed, it became the saddest time for us as a family, because we weren't "complete". Well, I guess that is what my dad thought anyway. It is what it is.

So now... today in my little family, Christmas is a time where we let our hair down, have fun and let out the child in us to play. We did this on Friday for the opening of Santa's Magical Kingdom at Caulfield Racecourse and we had a ball.

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom we made it and as you can see the kids are ready for fun!

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You know that moment when you walk in to a room and go.... "WOW!"?

We did...

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom WOW!

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Imagine walking into a room to see bright lights, Christmas music, families smiling and laughing and kids screaming with joy on the rides! Then.... ohhh then.... Bam Bam looks over to see the Lego free play corner and that was it! hehe Hubby takes our daughter on the caterpillar ride and Bam Bam and I make crazy Lego constructions at the tables.

Here we are playing...

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom #lego Bam Bam is happy :)

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I thought we'd be in the Lego pit all night LOL! He lovvvess Lego!

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom oh Dear me Hehe

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I just loved the Golden Dears and long drop Christmas lights!

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom yep smile says it all!

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OMG! Jaz couldn't get enough of the big slide outside! I am pretty sure she went down about 10 times! LOL look at that face in her words


I didn't go down, but wished I had! 

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom It's So Sweet :)

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OK seriously... this much sugar at 9:30pm wasn't the best parenting idea.... lol but they really do love these Gingerbread men biscuits we always buy them from Coles for a snack, sometimes they are a treat in Jaz's lunchbox. You can see by their faces, it's all about the biscuits! Such a sweet section to go to sit down for a minute and let the kids get all creative, we made funny faces with the marshmallows for eyeballs :)

By this stage of the evening, I was starting to feel the big kid come out of me. It was really fun just to let go of things on your mind, you know?

This is when we heard the call to go into the big top tent to watch the Silver Circus Show. It was good, took some photos, but I was sitting behind a big pole, thanks to hubby's great choice in seating... (rolls eyes hehe) but think, I'd be giving too much away if I shared EVERYTHING with you, now wouldn't I! All I will say, bopping to the music, very cool hula-hooping lady, football playing dogs, a big twirling acrobatic thingy, typerope walking, dancing and juggling crazy man! More amazing jugglers and magic tricks with Santa's and his helpers were just part of the fun show.

Worth a visit if you didn't get to go last year.

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom Singing... "I'm Spinning Around..."

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After the show we ventured outside to find the ferris wheel all lit up and flashing with lights and music. I have to say, it was cold and thinking of bailing out on the ride altogether, but the kids were up for it!

So we went on and yes it was cold but thankfully it was a good little ride and we went around a few times, took crazy selfies and photos of the lights. I think it was the first time Bam Bam had been on one and he loved it!

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom Wore the kids out in this Frozen theme jumping castle

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At this point, Hubby was getting really tired, as was Bam Bam, but he had some steam left in his tank for some play play in the Frozen themed jumping castle. It was so funny, because he did the same thing he did last year and that was just get his shoes off and jump right on in, with his sister in tow... well, Jaz got stopped as the lady told her to wait for others to come out, but she said she had to look after Bam Bam... it was like groundhog day all over again haha too funny, she was allowed in to watch him. Hehe. 

Both kids came out hot and sweaty, smiling and happy...

Job done! 

#SMK #santasmagicalkingdom A lovely snowfall end to a fun night with lil family

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To end the evening, I tried to get a group photo with the kids in the fake snow, but this is all I was able to get with Bam Bam running away and trying to keep Jaz on one spot for a selfie LOL, sorry about the blur! hehe 

We had a great evening. We don't often go out at night, nor do we take the kids out for dinner to places, so it was nice to have dinner out as a bit of a treat. The sandwiches were lovely by the way.

I would say, that if you went last year, you may see similarities in the set up, that's probably because the format and layout works well for the event organisers. I did notice some improvements in location, parking and the pram bay. There are some more improvements they could make and I am sure with the more years they do it, the better they will get at providing a place for our families to have fun and create wonderful memories together.

For me and my family, that's what it's all about. I don't have memories of my mother, so in everything I do with my family, it's always about ensuring they have those special memories, especially if anything happens to me, they will always know their mum had fun with them!

Tips for your trip to Santa's Magical Kingdom...

  • If you're on a budget, there are things you can do to keep the expenses within your means; 
    • have a meal before you go, make sure your little tummies are full :)
    • when you are there, the kids will always say they are hungry, so share something light like a sandwich (they are really tasty and freshly made)
    • bring your own drinks and small snacks
    • before leaving the house, have a family meeting, make sure all kids know what to do if they get lost, give them your business card or write your phone number one paper and put it in their pocket or something! :) 
    • in your family meeting, make sure everyone understand the rules and what you will and won't buy. ie. you have $5 each, once that is spent on a game of clown heads or something, there is no more, so don't ask! :)
    • If you can't afford to buy the flashing toys, cuddly teddy bears, or the Minion toys, make sure the kids know this. Be honest with them, Christmas is very soon, if it's not within your means to buy or play make sure they know Santa's coming very soon and they will be very happy. Hopefully this will keep them off your back! 
    • If you can afford it, go to town, let your hair down, have fun and go for that massive Husky stuffed toy or Minion!
  • Parking is much easier this year, but you will have to pay, so make sure you bring coins for the parking, we paid $4 and put the ticket in the window of the car. Don't forget to do this or you could get a fine :)
  • Wear comfy clothes and shoes, bring a jacket just in case, you know what Melbourne weather is like! LOL

Last note is, let your big kid come out and be one of the kids, let the fake snow fall on your face, get on the caterpillar right and squeal your lungs out, boogy down in your seat to the music at the show and don't get all hung up on things around you, just enjoy yourself!

Merry Christmas everyone, your fun starts now! If you go to #SMK please make sure you stop by here and let us know what your favourite part was! And don't forget to get a photo with Santa!

Oh hey, if you are on Instagram or social media and want to share your photos with other families use hashtags #SMK and #santasmagicalkingdom so we can enjoy them too! If you want to see some videos and more highlights visit the Santa's Magical Kingdom website for more.

Get your tickets from Ticketek today Tickets can also be purchased by calling our Booking Office on 1300 307 740: 

Enjoy! Toot Toot!

x Heather


Inspiring Mums® was given the opportunity to attend the opening night of Santa's Magical Kingdom (gratis) to give us first glace of the event to share with our community of mums online. We have endeavoured to give tips and highlights as we experienced it. Our goal is to share our experience with you and if you think it is of interest, we provide the information for you to connect with the event to attend. Our opinions and photos are of our own experience. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to make contact with Inspiring Mums® in directly via our contact form.

{ REVIEW } Shopping for Time Poor Mums at The Christmas GIFTORIUM

Shopping for Time Poor Mums at The Christmas GIFTORIUM, Myer Melbourne

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You know what it's like mums, Christmas is fast approaching and you're wondering what to get gifts to get everyone!

You don't want to go from shopping centre to shopping centre and still come out empty handed, completely baffled and mentally exhausted from the experience! Too many people, too many options, too many shops to look through!

Imagine a place where there's a gift for everyone in one place :) I know, AWESOME I know! Well there is such a place and it's called the Christmas Giftorium at Myer.

One Level. Gifts galore. Entertainment and best of all fast shopping for time poor mums! YAY!

Our Experience at The Myer Christmas Giftorium

So when Bam Bam (my master 3 of the house) and I took a little trip into Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, we took the lift all the way to level 6 in Myer.

The doors opened and as we walked through, we were entertained with a Christmas Choir singing, entertainers dancing, singing and playing music. We walked past kids doing activities and resting the bean bags ice cave watching Frozen (how apt!)

There was the most gorgeous Christmas decoration area, everything you could want for your family Christmas tree for Santa to leave all of those wonderful gifts! You must have a look at the little train display it's so gorgeous!

The Salvation Army bears were the cutest. Bam Bam has one and he called him "Teddy" it's been a week now and he hasn't left his side. Teddy is really soft and cuddly and very cute in his little happy face knitted jumper :) We love Teddy, maybe your little ones would love a "Teddy" too!

SodaStream Play Photo:

SodaStream Play Photo:

Just a few steps away, on the same level... we make our way over to the SodaStream store, oh wow haven't Sodastream come alooooonnng way since we were kids! *cough* 30 years ago, we would be so jealous of our friends who had a Sodastream, begging for a bubbly refreshing drink.

Well, now we have one AND we got to customise our own colour to match our kitchen! We have a Black and White kitchen so it was simple black top, white body, and black footer. I loooveed the red and even the yellow was fun and summery! There were so many colour combinations and it was a novelty to choose our own with Sodastream Play, Play It Your Way, for a limited time, you have until Christmas Eve to go to the Melbourne Myer store at the Christmas Giftorium to choose your colours and they will make it for you on the spot while you shop! Genius! I'm loving the cocktails range and Summer Lemonade! Yummo!

Dilmah Tea Photo:

Dilmah Tea Photo:

Right next to the SodaStream store is the Dilmah Tea cart with a new selection of delicate teas, I've tried Brilliant Breakfast which is a nice tea with a slight floral, sweet flavour. Very nice indeed. I'm a sucker for cool packaging and Dilmah have nailed it with their tea packaging here, for freshness and style 10 stars from me!

From there make your way over to the gadgets section! ooh Geeky Toys! I had to stop myself seriously! A great selection for your geek or geekette!

Towards the corner there are toys, toys and moorrre toys! Bam Bam was ready to walk out with the HUGE Dinosaur Transformer! Which is now on Santa's gift list ;) We put it back and walked through the gorgeous scented candles. There's just something about candles, I think I sniffed every one of them! 

Renee Mayne @BraQueen Photo:

Renee Mayne @BraQueen Photo:

Turn around and there's a guy with a strange machine, looks like an old machine and he's making something. Bam Bam and I walk over to watch him make customised leather belts, wallets, compendium cases for that special someone! What a cool idea! And you really feel the sense that you are in his store and not in Myers anymore! I loved the segregated areas. 

Moving right along, we get to the homewares and stationery.... DROOOOOOOLLL... I'm am like a little kid in a lolly shop when it comes to both! I love Stationery! In the homewares section, the gorgeous crockery with floral designs were my favourite, perfect for that special High Tea lunch with the gals at your place.

Hugging station Photo:

Hugging station Photo:

Ah haaaa I'm not sure that "Glamour Gran" matches what's on the shelf, but I take it gran as a place to buy better knickers for you for Chrissy at the Giftorium now, no more daggy beige high waisted knicky-buns for you! Here's my good friend Renee Mayne aka Bra Queen had a great time in the lingerie shop :) check out her Instagram at @BraQueen.

We head over to the toys and see the Hugging Station! So we get a photo, how cute is Bam Bam! They even gave me a customised print, check this out!

So then we look through the toys again and see some great magic trick gifts, loads of popular toys, I ended up getting Bam Bam a Planes the movie toy and my daughter Twilight Sparkle My Little Pony Equestria doll. I loved the gardening kits and little butterflies too.

By this time we were ready for some popcorn and a sit on the bean bags to rest our feet. 

Little Miss Sunshine, Bam Bam & New Salvation Army Teddy Photo:

Little Miss Sunshine, Bam Bam & New Salvation Army Teddy Photo:

Our experience as great, I can see how you could get in and out in less than an hour after getting a gift for each of your loved ones. Something customised, something funky, something Christmasy, something needed, something wanted, something practical, something techie, and of course something to play with! Something for everyone that's for sure.

The whole experience from when you walk through the elevator door is all about making you the spirit of Christmas, and really appreciate what the Gift of Giving is all about, love and gratitude. It doesn't matter and big or small, your gift 'means' something. 

And that my friends is what the Christmas Giftorium brings you....! But! Wait, there's MORE! Do NOT leave without having your thoughtfully chosen gifts wrapped at the gift wrapping station, right near SodaStream. That way you have more time for... um... YOU. Now you deserve a coffee and cake, oh go one, now you have time :)

Enjoy and let me know how you go with your shopping! Comment below!

Visit the Christmas Giftorium at Myer Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne. To find out more about The Christmas Giftorium

x mwahh


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