Nov 272016
 

Roadshow Entertainment

With the silly (or should I say stressful) season upon us many mums are starting to feel the pressure: The fanciest Christmas meal, the prettiest tree and neatest home, the most gorgeous outfits and perfectly behaved children, we are trying so hard to get it all right! Before the busyness of Christmas kicks off make sure to catch up with your favourite mama-friends and let your hair down with one of the funniest comedies of the year:

If you have ever wondered what happens when a group of ‘perfect’ mums get together, ditch the rules and run wild here’s your chance, meet Bad Moms.

bad-moms-dvdBalancing a good career, dealing with a failing marriage, maintaining a beautiful home, being the devoted school-mum and raising perfect children, it’s hard work and good mother Amy (Mila Kunis) is tired. About to lose her marbles Amy does what many of us (secretly) dream of every now and then: accompanied by two like-minded mothers (Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell) she puts aside the endless lists of responsibilities, turns her back on proper mum-behaviour and enjoys a well-deserved time-out.

Amy rather enjoys her newly found laid-back attitude and freedom but not everyone agrees… At first Amy’s actions and opinions cause tension between all the ‘picture-perfect’ mothers in the school community, but in the end she makes people see that many mothers are indeed stressed, overworked and need time off from time to time. Maybe something good comes from being a ‘bad mom’ after all.

Mum-to-mum warning: Having been created by the makers of The Hangover viewers of Bad Moms (M-rated) are in for a real good laugh, you may want to cross your legs extra tight or bring a spare pair of pants!

‘Bad Moms’ is now ready for digital download and available on Blu-ray (RRP $44.95) and DVD (RRP $39.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Nov 102014
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

After many tiring days of looking after my sick family I was in desperate need of some quiet catch-up time before starting a new week, so while my lovely hubby took the big three to Bunnings and the baby had a nap I snuggled up on the couch with a new book. I may not get to read as much as I used to but when I have a spare minute I love reading a few pages, it is my favourite way to relax. This year why not pop a good book for yourself under the tree too? Go on, you deserve it! Here’s a great book suggestion for you:

Saving Grace

I started on Saving Grace by Jane Green yesterday and didn’t go to bed until I had read all 343 pages of it, I just had to know how it ended! Saving Grace tells the story of wonderful wife, mother and cookbook author Grace who is married to Ted, a world famous author whom everyone looks up to. Life in the spotlight is not always easy and of course they have their struggles and arguments but all in all they have a good life.

When Ted’s loyal assistant quits things start to crumble so when a young, quiet and helpful girl called Beth shows up out of nowhere both Grace and Ted are grateful to have found the ‘perfect’ assistant. At first Beth seems to be the Godsend they all prayed for but slowly things are becoming a little odd and Grace starts to feel uncomfortable, the problem is that no one else sees it but her. As Beth makes herself more and more unmissable Grace is losing her sense of self and there are few people she can talk to. Almost unnoticeably Beth takes over Grace’s roll as a partner, a wife, a mother and any other position Grace enjoyed. Beth even starts to dress like Grace and wears her hair the same, Grace feels the life as she’s known it for the past 25 years slip away from her and there is nothing she can do about it.

The quiet, dull Beth is nowhere to be seen and the confident, beautiful new Beth wraps everyone around her little finger. As she mentally reduces Grace to shreds and breaks up the marriage she steps in the spotlight as Ted’s muse and unmissable partner. Who is Beth, where did she come from and where is she heading? If Grace wants a chance at saving her marriage she has to find out, even if she has to do it on her own. That is, if she wants her old life with Ted back at all…

To find out more about Saving Grace (RRP $29.99), published by Pan Macmillan, and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Apr 272013
 

Mum's Night In

I don’t know about you but I always look forward to Mother’s Day, much more than to my own birthday. This year it will be my 5th Mother’s Day and the first one with our little baby Sybil. Yes the days of staying out late, weekends away and going out for dinner are over but I don’t mind, I love being at home with my beautiful family and wouldn’t change it for the world. Instead of going out we have a lovely meal at home and enjoy a relaxing movie on the couch, the perfect ‘Night In’.

To help you relax on your next ‘night in’ we have four great new movie releases to give away:

People Like UsIn ‘People Like Us’ Sam’s father suddenly dies and Sam is left with a bag full of money to give to a woman he doesn’t know. As he didn’t care much for his parents anyway he is tempted to keep the money himself but first he decides to find out who the woman is. It turns out he has a half sister and a nephew he never knew about and without telling her the truth he finds a way into her life. Over time he starts to like her, but is it to late to tell her who he really is? And will he keep the money?

Celeste and Jesse ForeverCeleste and Jesse are in the middle of a divorce but they are still best friends, do everything together and all is going well, until they start seeing other people… When Jesse’s new fling falls pregnant he decides to give the new relationship his best shot and Celeste is struggling to accept that what they had is really over. It seems that saying goodbye is the only option, or is there a way for it to be ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ after all?

Now Is GoodA little warning: if you are a sleep deprived, emotional, hormonal mess like me get out the tissue box when watching ‘Now is Good’. Teenager Tessa is terminally ill and determined to make the most of the time she has left. While Tessa is busy ticking off her bucket list her family tries to come to terms with the upcoming goodbye. Then she falls in love with new neighbour Adam, which is both sad and happy at the same time. The best moment is when he makes her wish of becoming famous come true.

Won't Back DownWhen Mum Jamie and teacher Nona feel let down by an outdated, unsupportive school system they decide to join forces in an attempt to make a difference and change the school for the better. Not everything goes smoothly and at times giving up would be much easier but quitting is not an option when it comes to your child’s future. These two strong women ‘Won’t Back Down’ until they reach their goal.

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Mar 022012
 

I remember reading about the Rockabye Baby concept quite some time ago and knowing that the Rockabye Baby albums are extremely popular all over the world I was keen to find out more. Many parents have already gathered a collection of Rockabye Baby titles so there must be something really special about them! In Australia the Rockabye Baby range is being distributed by Mother Hen Products, home to lots of exciting products for baby.

Rockabye Baby offers a brilliant balance between some of the world’s most loved rock songs and sweet lullabies, so you can put your baby to bed to the tunes of your favourite band. Big hits of The Beatles, Madonna, Bob Marley, AC/DC, Queen, The Rolling Stones and many other big bands have been transformed into baby friendly songs that are gentle on their ear drums (and as they are instrumental you don’t have to worry about them listening to inappropriate lyrics either).

As a child I always used to go to bed with music playing and all three of my kids have slept with music on from the minute they came home from hospital. A calming melody is the perfect way to drift off to sleep peacefully, it is not for no reason there are so many musical mobiles available for newborns. If the boring, repetitive, old school nursery rhymes are doing your head in Rockabye Baby might just be what you are looking for.

But babies are not the only ones who like the sound of Rockabye Baby. A few times I witnessed my husband put the CD in the CD player even though the kids were not around and he said he would love to fall asleep to it as it is very relaxing. It looks like Rockabye Baby has a calming effect on the whole family! Our top picks would be U2, The Beatles and Coldplay, but plenty of other titles left to add to our collection.

You can find Rockabye Baby albums ($29.95) at Baby Bunting, Toys’R’Us, selected JB Hifi stores, selected music retailers and gift stores across Australia and online.

To find out more about Rockabye Baby and to browse the different albums visit www.motherhenproducts.com.au.

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