Jul 062018

I know I say this every year but once again I am amazed by how cold Australia gets in winter. You’d think as a native Dutch girl I am very much used to these chilly temperatures but I am really feeling it this year! My mum always used to tell me that moving was the best way to keep warm, so I think we think we can safely say the talented crew at Irish Celtic is comfortably warm while on stage:

Featuring the finest performers from Ireland’s top dance companies Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland is a spectacular show filled with mind-blowing dance routines, irresistible rhythms and amazing choreography.

The audience will be whisked away to a traditional pub in Southern Ireland and taken on a heartwarming journey through Celtic history by genial landlord and owner Paddy. Get ready to tap along to familiar tracks from Braveheart and Last of the Mohicans and many more (performed by a five-piece on-stage band) and watch the 12 extremely talented dancers work their magic through a series of high-energy dance acts.

After France and Germany it is now the turn of Australian fans to tap along to Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne (July 31 – August 5) or at Capitol Theatre in Sydney (August 7-12). It’s promising to be an unforgettable evening of music, storytelling and dance, making ‘Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland’ the perfect night out on a chilly winter night.

To find out more about Irish Celtic, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.irishceltic.com.au.

For your chance to win 2 tickets to see ‘Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland’ (RRP $170) on Tuesday 31st July 2018 (7pm) at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne (VIC) enter our giveaway below:

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Apr 052018

When people look at our oldest son the first thing they say is that he looks like his dad. Not only does he have the same dark hair and beautiful brown eyes, they also share some of the same interests. Both my husband and our boy love anything rhythmic, as soon as they hear music I see their fingers moving and their feet start tapping. If you’re a fan of rhytm too you are sure to enjoy STOMP:

For more than 25 years STOMP has been travelling around the globe with an award-winning show that binds people together. No matter how young or old you are or where in the world you live, the wordless combination of rhythm, dance, comedy and theatre gets everyone excited. The eight talented STOMP performers use non-traditional instruments (everything from supermarket trolleys to Zippo lighters, plastic bags to garbage can lids and even the kitchen sink) to create the most amazing rhythms that will have you bouncing on your seat.

After their spectacular performance at the London 2012 Olympics STOMP is now more popular than ever so shake those hands, warm up your feet and get ready because STOMP will soon be back on Australian shores for another mind-blowing tour. It has been almost five years since Hip Daddy first took our son to see STOMP and it has made a really big impression, he can’t wait to see them back on stage again later this year.

Arriving in Australia next month STOMP will travel around the country, treating fans in Melbourne, Adelaide, The Gold Coast and Sydney to a smashing show filled with awesome musical delights, unique choreography and fancy routines. You never know, it may even give you some inspiration for an act of your own when you get home! STOMP is a unique experience that is guaranteed to captivate from start to finish.

To find out more STOMP, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.stomptour.com.au.

Want to experience the rhythmic sensation of STOMP yourself? Thanks to Lunchbox Theatrical Productions we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 2 STOMP double passes (RRP $179.80 each), enter below for your chance to win:

1x double pass to see STOMP at Comedy Theatre, Melbourne on May 1 at 7pm
1x double pass to see STOMP at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide on June 6 at 8pm

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Jun 142013

Sleep Rumbler

When you are rocking or patting an unsettled baby in the middle of the night you are likely to feel like you’re the only person up, hubby is snoring away, the whole house is quiet except for your crying baby. It can be so exhausting and upsetting for both you and baby and all you want is for your baby to be happy and sleep, and for yourself to get some much needed rest too. Rest assured, you’re not the only one feeling like this and behind the scenes two Australian mums have been working hard to create a little helper for you: meet the Sleep Rumbler.

Sleep Rumbler03The story behind Sleep Rumbler is one that many mothers will recognise: a tired mama took an unsettled baby for a car ride in the hope that the baby would fall asleep. The baby did indeed fall asleep but so did the mum… next thing she knows she is stuck in her upside-down car on the side of the road. Sleep deprivation is a risky thing and while going for a drive often settles your baby it can be very dangerous and sometimes even fatal.

Sleep Rumbler CompactThe Sleep Rumbler is designed to recreate the rhythmic motion of a car ride or pram trip that is so soothing to young children and at the same time allowing you to stay within the comfort and safety of your own home. To use the Sleep Rumbler just pop it on the ground and push your pram back and forth over the mat, for many babies this repetitive movement is calming and they will start to relax and fall asleep. As the Sleep Rumbler folds down to a compact package you can easily use it when out and about as well as at home.

Sleep Rumbler34 - CopyWhen our baby wakes up I often have to pick her up and rock her back to sleep, only for her to wake up again when I try to put her down. With the Sleep Rumbler your baby can stay in the pram (or bassinet if you have one on wheels) and be soothed on the spot, once asleep you can tip-toe away and with a bit of luck they won’t even notice! If your baby is little cat napper this could be just what you need to gently coach him/her back to sleep.

The Sleep Rumbler is already being used in a number of birthing and special care units, maternal child health centres and by infant settling and sleep educators, helping mums and babies getting the sleep they need.

To find out more about Sleep Rumbler ($69.95) and to order online visit www.sleeprumbler.com.

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