Apr 132017

One quick look at the weather forecast and it’s clear that we’re in for a cold, wet and rainy Easter break. While this yucky Autumn weather throws a spanner in the works for some of the fun outdoor stuff we had planned I am sure we’ll come up with plenty of indoor activities the kids will love. A spot of baking, a bit of making, a new book and… look:

As a mum of four little girls (and a boy) I am regularly treated to a mind-blowing (and sometimes also quite hilarious) dancing performance in our living room. They spin and they twirl, they jump and they bow, they are going to love the newly released family movie Ballerina.

In Ballerina we meet a lovely French orphan girl called Félicie who wants nothing more than to become a ballerina. It seems an impossible dream until she flees for Paris where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera House. Felicia’s inspiring journey through France and her dedication and determination to maker her biggest dream come true are absolutely heartwarming, what a great way to teach children to never give up!

‘Ballerina’ is now available on Blu-ray (RRP $44.95) and DVD (RRP $39.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures Australia and to take a closer look at ‘Ballerina’ visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

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Jun 222014


School drop off, school pick up, a visit to the shops, a doctor appointment, a stroll around the block with your baby, hanging up the washing, a quick walk to the mailbox; when you are a busy mum like me you are on your feet all day. Over the past year or so I realised that, as cute as they may be, those pretty pink thongs, sweet ballet flats and strappy sandals are not that great when it comes to support and cushioning and by wearing them I wasn’t doing my health a favour.

FitFlop Due BallerinaAs you have probably read I recently started packing for our upcoming European holiday and as we’re planning to do a lot of walking I feared I had no other option but to buy a pair of comfortable, but rather unattractive, sport shoes to get me through. Now I have nothing against a nice pair of trainers but I personally prefer to keep them for the gym or a run so when I spotted these classy ballerinas from FitFlop I knew they were made for me.

FitFlop DueAfter battling with sore feet for quite some time and even seeing a podiatrist I learnt my lesson: feet (even if hidden) are very important and it is worth investing in a proper pair of shoes. While I had heard of Fitflop before and seen their comfy take on the traditional flipflop I had no idea their range of ergonomically designed shoes included other styles too. Thanks to recent additions like shoes, boots, clogs and sandals FitFlop lovers can now enjoy that comfortable, luxurious FitFlop feeling whenever and wherever they want in a style that suits the occasion.

They say FitFlop offers a sport shoe feeling without the sport shoe look and I totally agree. The Due Leather Ballerina Shoes feel soft as slippers, comfortable like sport shoes and sturdy and supportive like walking shoes yet with the neutral, versatile look of a classic ballet flat (oh, and did I mention the small hidden heel for a bit of extra height?) They look fantastic with a pair of skinny jeans and a nice top and they can be worn with lots of different outfits so they’re a must for my suitcase.

A perfect comfy and casual Saturday outfit

A perfect comfy and casual Saturday outfit

Clearly I am not the only one who loves the look of these leather beauties, the first day I wore my new Fitflops I was even approached by a stranger at the supermarket who complimented me on my new shoes and wrote down the brand and style, does that make me a walking advertisement?

FitFlop Selfie

Do you want to experience the FitFlop feeling too? Right now FitFlop Australia is giving you the chance to win a new pair of FitFlops, simply take a snap of your feet in a pair of FitFlops (just pop into a FitFlop retailer if you don’t have any FitFlops yet) and share it on Facebook or Twitter. Stay up-to-date with the latest FitFlop news, promotions and join the #SUNDAYSHUV competition on the FitFlop Australia Facebook page.

To find out more about FitFlop, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.fitflop.com.au.

Jan 212014


This day next week our beautiful twins will be off for their very first day at the big school. They are almost ready: the backpacks are organised, bottles are washed, lunchboxes labelled and just a few more school uniform garments need their labels ironed on. The last thing on the list is to take their new school shoes for a few test walks around the house so they can get used to them, I think they’ll be very happy to comply.

Meyu School Shoes

Meyu School Shoes

As you may know I grew up in a country where children get to choose their own school clothes and shoes so I am quite new to the whole ‘school shoe shopping’. I know that they have to be black but obviously there is much more to shoes than just the colour. On average children will wear their school shoes at least 7 hours a day, 5 days a week so it is important to do your research and choose shoes that are up to the task like these fabulous leather school shoes by Meyu.

Meyu DerbyMeyu footwear is designed right here in Australian and engineered in Germany in one of Europe’s leading shoe technicians using only the highest quality materials. Their black leather school shoes tick all the boxes: they are supportive for growing feet, strong, durable and able to withstand the rough and tumble kids get up to, stylish to look at and breathable to keep them fresh, dry and comfortable.

Meyu SoleOf course many other school shoe brands (claim to) have these qualities too, but here’s what makes Meyu different: Meyu school shoes are manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner with high focus on sustainability. Unlike most other labels Meyu uses materials that are free from harmful substances so there’s no need to worry about toxic chemicals being near your child, not now but also not as the shoe gets older.

Meyu BallerinaThe current Meyu range consists of 5 different styles to suit boys and girls, available in sizes 32-41 (depending on style). From traditional lace ups to a classic buckled Mary-Jane or trendy ballerina with velcro closure, there is a Meyu style to suit every student. All Meyu school shoes are priced at $129 per pair. For our son I have chosen the Meyu Runner, featuring both laces and velcro (because he is only just learning to do them up) and a sporty look that suits him well.

Meyu RunnerThe first thing I noticed about our new Meyu shoes was that they ooze quality and comfort. They are strong and supportive without being stiff and they are classy without being old fashioned or boring. A lot of research has gone into the design and all components of the shoe, (scuff resistant leather upper, perforated leather insole and injected rubber sole), are made to meet and exceed the highest standards.

Obviously time will have to tell how long they will last on a busy boy like mine but I am feeling very confident!

Ready for school with Meyu

Ready for school with Meyu

To find out more about Meyu, to browse the range and to order online visit www.meyu.com.au.

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