large family budgeting tips

Nine hungry mouths to feed every day involves a heck of a lot of food. It also involves planning, budgeting and wisdom to make it work on a one income family. Over the years I have developed some great tips and tricks on how you can afford to feed a family of nine and to make it a little easier as a large family. 

I always knew when planning a large family that it would cost a lot of money when it came to food but I really had no idea just how much of a challenge it would be to make it work. Often when I speak to people about having lots of children, one of the questions they always ask me is about food. How can you afford to feed a family of nine? Thinking about laying out nine plates every meal blows them away and they cannot understand how we can afford to feed our family and cope with the amount of cooking that is required. 

I have learnt that we need to do things differently in our house and I am constantly searching for ways to reduce our food budget. On days when I am not in a cooking mood I really have to pull myself together and just get on with it because it is way to expensive for us to go out to dinner on a regular basis. 

Some of the ideas that have stayed with me are: 
I scan the food catalogues and look out for specials and buy in bulk (about 10 at a time)
I mainly shop on the ends of the isles in the supermarket where specials are
I buy my meat in bulk from a meat market 
I divide my meat up into portion sizes, place in snap lock bags and freeze
I shop at Aldi's to save money on basic items 
I buy my fruit and vegetables on line so I avoid spending extra money at the shops
I chop vegetables up and put them in the freezer immediately 
I shop late at night to buy bread that is reduced and fill up my freezer with supplies 
I buy home brand items that I know our family likes whenever I can 
I keep several overflow or food storage cupboards to supplement supplies 
I cook most meals from scratch 
We own chickens for an egg supply
I keep a stock of basic cooking essentials so I can create any dish we feel like 
I plan ahead what meals we will cook for the month 
I keep in bulk items such as rice, flour, sugar, oats and water 
I stock up on items in season so we can enjoy them all year round 
I have a check list of all my food items that I use that I run through before I go shopping
I keep a 3 month supply of food on hand for emergencies 
I keep a few treats on hand for when things are getting tough and we need some fun! 
I normally cook the evening meal for the day in the morning to avoid the crazy hour stress
I also cook an after school snack in the morning and make a double batch for lunch boxes 
I use long life milk for baking
We eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and not very much fried food
We eat simple and often do not have a plate of seconds
Matt and I both cook to ease the pressure

This is an example of one of my overflow cupboards.

Now I know for some of you this may sound exhausting but for me it has become a way of life. It is a necessary part of my routine to make the budget work and to feed my family so that is what I do. We generally spend $300 a week on food {which is a big chunk of our budget} and that covers everything such as: food, toiletries, cleaning products and any other household product I need to purchase.

I am sure a lot of other families follow these guidelines and use them in their homes as well. There are now so many great blogs and websites out there to help families who are looking for creative ways to reduce their budget and to save some money. I enjoy looking over them to find new ideas and chatting with other families on what they are doing in their homes as well.

Do you have any other tips or tricks you follow to make budgeting easier?

Simply Beautiful Jewels: LOVEnCHERISH personalised necklace

Recently, I wrote a blog post about personalised necklaces.
To my absolute shock I received an email from Kath at LOVEnCHERISH.

Kath told me she wanted to make me a personalised necklace.
{I may have freaked out and fallen off my chair at that precise moment!}

I screamed and replied, 'No...Way!'
Kath laughed and replied, 'Yes...Way!'

Kath is one incredible, generous lady.
She also donated a necklace to help raise money for Lisa.

Have a look at my gorgeous personalised necklace below!
It has all of my seven cherubs on it!

I cried when I received it in the mail.
It is a treasure to me and I can now wear them close to my heart.

I am in simply beautiful jewel heaven!
Thank you so much Kath.

Simply priceless.

Feel free to check out Kath's awesome work on facebook HERE
Any of her items would make a wonderful Mother's Day Gift.

Happy Days in May (Project)

Happy Days In May Project

"One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. 
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself." 
{Gretchin Rubin}


Last year in May on my blog I ran a happiness project. Inspired by the book from Gretchin Rubin {The Happiness Project}, I encouraged other women and bloggers to record one sentence a day about what was making them happy during that day for one whole month. There were over 100 bloggers who signed up to participate and many more who participated at home. At the end of the month as bloggers we all published our months worth of sentences to share with each other. I loved reading through what made other's happy during the month. There were so many similarities but also so much uniqueness. It was simply inspiring.


This year I still want to run a happiness project with the same theme but have decided to call it: Happy Days in May. As a busy mother I struggle to find time to write in my journal {too much time blogging maybe!}and I love having a project to help me focus on being more aware of what makes me happy. I also love to help others focus on happiness as well. 

I love that this project involves only one sentence a day and a short time for me to reflect each night on what has stood out as a great moment during my busy day. This idea and project is manageable. It is simple and a way for me to put pen to paper quickly each day. It also allows me to be more grateful, to count my blessings and to be aware of my family and surroundings. I need that reminder right now. 

What you need

To take part in the project you need a place to record your thoughts and a regular time each day to write them down. Find yourself a special notebook, use your current journal, use an app on your phone, use your blog and get yourself ready to start on May 1st. Determine a time each day, preferably at night, where you can take a moment to ponder and to reflect over what moment has helped you feel happy during the day and then write it down. 


An example of how simple and wonderful this project is:

12th April
Liberty helped me put away three baskets of washing today and I was touched to be included in a lovely blog post about friends and I felt brave enough to decline a blog promotional event.

13th April
My boots arrived in the mail, loved making some new blog friends, Matt gave me a lovely chocolate surprise and I was able to see Harmony perform a play at school.

14th April
Went to the Anzac Day parade at school to see two of my girls sing and it was beautiful, touching and heartwarming to see them using their talents and skills to uplift others.

Join Me

I would love for you to join me in finding more Happy Days in May and would love you to tell me you are taking part. If you have a blog and are joining in, link up below. If you are not going to blog your experience but are still joining in let me know in the comments section below. I would love to make May a month where we all encourage each other to find a little more happiness and appreciate how awesome life really is. Let's get Happy!

How to create a media kit for your blog

After my recent post about working with PR companies I had several requests asking for tips on how to create a media kit for a blog. I personally have found having a media kit great to help me work with companies and to help me stay focused on what direction I want for my blog. Whilst my blog is a hobby for me, I still apply business skills when I am approached by PR agencies or brands. 

When trying to work out how to put my media kit together I contacted two women who have been awesome blog mentors for me: the lovely Tina and the lovely Katrina. Tina even has written an ebook on how to create a media kit. They both helped me work out a media kit design that reflected me and my blog and I am so grateful for the help they gave me. 

What is a media kit?

A media kit is an extension of your blog that you use to promote yourself and your blog. It is like creating a blog resume that is created in a professional looking document. It spells out clearly what your blog is about, what you are about and what you are interested in promoting on your blog. It is to answer questions PR companies or brands may want to ask you so that you can work together. It is basically an awesome brag document about you and your blog!

Why have a media kit?

Most PR companies and brands today expect bloggers to have a media kit. If you want to work on monetising your blog having a media kit will make working with companies easier. They will clearly be able to see what your prices and options are for working with them. This allows them to quickly make a decision and to also see how to best work with you as they learn about you and your blog. I have found having a media kit a great time saver, a great way to promote myself and a great way to stick to my blog plan.

How to create a media kit.

There are several different ways to create a media kit. I recommend creating a PDF document that looks like it is an extension of your blog and is professional looking. You can create one in a word document to email out to potential companies, you can add it to your blog as a PR/Advertising page like Kelly has or you can put together a document that can be downloaded right from your blog. 

What to put in your media kit

To help you know what to put in your media kit I thought I would share with you my personal media kit. When putting my media kit together I wanted it to look like it was an extension of my blog. I wanted it to be simple and easy to read, to show clearly what my stats and goals are and to show what options I have available for advertising on my blog.  
Title Page: I wanted a simple title page promoting my blog and as I have a blog that has a lot of white and very little sidebar clutter I wanted a title page to look the same.
About Me Page: As I am the main person behind this blog I wanted to give PR companies and brands an idea of who they are working with and a little background information about my blog. This is the perfect time to go to town and to promote yourself big time!! Notice I still keep it simple and easy to read.
About your blog: This is the place to sell your blog. It is where you tell potential clients just how awesome your blog is and get them excited about working with you. Share with them what your focus is, what goals you have and what you do on your blog. Include as much information about your blog as you can to help promote yourself. If you have been involved in any projects, won any awards or have had any incredible experiences, share them.
Your social media reach: Most PR companies and brands want to know your social media reach and how much influence you can have to promote products or events. If you want to monetise your blog this is very important. This is where you list all the ways you use social media to touch others. 

Install google analytics on your blog so you can know what your blog stats are. They give a different set of numbers than the blog stats you have generally in blogger or wordpress. Most bloggers use google analytics to take a monthly screen shot to include in a media kit. PR companies will even email you sometimes to ask for a current screen shot before they even consider you for a campaign. 

Companies and brands will want to know how many unique visitors (new or individual visitors) you have to your blog for the month, how many pageviews (hits on your blog) and your bounce rate (how long people stay on your site). 

If you are starting out as a blogger and are feeling like your blog pageviews are too low to work with brands, think again. When working with a blogger, PR companies and brands like to look at the community feel of a blog as well. If you have readers who are regular and comment on your blog then that is a big plus and you can have a greater influence sometimes than a blogger who has high pageviews and little interaction with readers. 

Now let me share a few words of wisdom about blog stats: 
If you watch your blog stats daily you will quickly get depressed. 
The amount of pageviews on your blog does not determine your self worth as a blogger.
Lower blog stats does not mean the quality of your writing is bad.
There will always be another blogger who seems to be doing better than you stats wise.
Blog stats will go up and down and the key is to not let your emotions go up and down with it.

Now I know some of you want me to give you numbers of what stats are good as a blogger. Here is what I have learned: numbers always make people feel depressed and not good enough. So instead I am going to share with you what my personal experience was in relation to stats and PR/brand approaches. So remember, this is what happened to me and it is not what may happen or have happened to you. 

When I had 3000 pageviews on my blog a month I did not get any approaches from PR companies but I did start getting spam comments :) When I had 10,000-15,000 pageviews a month on my blog I started getting small approaches from companies to giveaway items such as a food item, a $5-$20 voucher or a DVD. When I had 30,000 pageviews a month on my blog I started getting approaches from companies to giveaway toy packs, cleaning product packs and larger food packs. When I had 60,000 pageviews on my blog I started getting approaches to giveaway clothing, shoes, makeup, stationery and to attend events interstate. Now that I get over 60,000 pageviews a month I get approaches to do a large variety of products.
Advertising Options: This is where you spell out clearly the options you have available on how you are prepared to work with a PR company or brand. Choose your wording wisely and try to include as many specifics as you can. Think about postage, the product involved and if you want to keep it, if you are prepared to give a guarantee and let them know exactly what you are prepared to do and not prepared to do for them.

As you can see on my blog I charge $250 to do a sponsored blog post. I chose this price because it is a price I feel comfortable with and a price I feel I am worth. When I first started out doing sponsored posts I charged $110. Many other bloggers charge a lot more than that. I spell out clearly that if a company sends me a product I keep it. Some companies will try to send you a product to review and then expect you to send it back. Some companies will also try to send you a second hand product to review (which makes no sense to me!) and then expect you to send it back. I don't do second hand and I don't send products back.

I also charge $100 to run a giveaway on my blog. Giveaways can take a lot of time and effort as a blogger and I can also guarantee a high number of entries on my blog as I am known for having super awesome giveaways. 

With product reviews I also charge a fee on top of receiving the product. I do not do reviews very often on my blog since I discovered that if I share a product, women will actually go out and buy it! Therefore I am very selective on what I share on my blog. I take that responsibility very seriously. 

This is also where you can spell out if you have sidebar advertising as an option for advertising. Include how much you charge a month and what size badge they can add to the sidebar. You can include different sizes for different prices. Also include if you offer a discount for booking several months in advance.

In setting out clearly what my prices and options are it helps me stick to them. I send out my media kit as a reply to an approach and basically say take it or leave it. I don't negotiate on price. I have even turned down some great opportunities as they were $10 short on payment. It saves me so much time with back and forth emails trying to negotiate a deal. If they want to work with me and believe I am a good fit for a campaign they will step up to my options. Simple as that.

Guidelines and Payment Options: This is where you add in any extra information you want PR companies or brands to know about working with you. Spell out clearly exactly what you want and how you want payment to be made. Include all of your personal details you want to share. I have only shown half of my page here as the bottom part of the page contains my payment details and personal address. 

Creating a media kit for your blog does not need to be complicated and can easily be put together if you know what you want as a blogger. You can make it as long or as short as you want. It is your media kit and an extension of you and your blog so have fun with it. My media kit is simple and serious in tone but feel free to be bold and fun. I hope you have found this helpful and it has answered some questions you have had and inspired you to put one together for yourself. Have fun!

teaching my kids life skills and my kids job chart in our home

I am a big believer in teaching your kids to work and to help out around the home. I believe a family should work together as a team to help make a home function and work. I also believe that as a mother of a large family that my children should not be doing all the work and that I should still be doing a lot of the housework around the home. So Matt and I have set out to find a system that works well for us.

In the morning my kids mainly focus on getting ready for school. They do the normal jobs like: get dressed, make beds, brush teeth, clean bedroom, pack school bag etc. I do not have an assigned list that they follow for the morning but do sometimes give them extra jobs to do. So, if I do need help with something I ask one or several of my children to help me out and they generally do. 

After school and after dinner time is when my kids do most of their jobs. We have a job chart in our home that we use to rotate jobs. We change the job chart at the start of each week so the kids focus on their assigned jobs for one week at a time. We have tried doing it for 2 weeks or even 1 month but have found that keeping assigned jobs for one week works well for us. 

The older four kids rotate certain jobs and the younger three kids rotate certain jobs. For the older kids they rotate: Sweeping the floor, Loading the dishwasher, Unloading the dishwasher, Cleaning the rumpus room and Cleaning the toilet. For the younger kids they rotate: Setting the dinner table, Clearing the dinner table, Emptying the wash baskets and Cleaning the loungeroom. Matt and I work on helping the kids learn to to do these jobs properly and the rest of the housework around the house Matt and I take care of. 

Along with the assigned jobs that they have every day we also work on training them life skills. We teach them how to cook, how to answer the phone, how to make an appointment, how to type, how to shop etc. We have a chart up in our home with age appropriate skills we want our children to learn. It looks very much like this chart below I found on Pinterest with thanks to Freja. I have to also add that I do not follow this list exactly and I use wisdom in how we teach our children. 

For example: I do not get my three year old to wash walls but if they have drawn all over a wall with crayon you can bet I get them to help me scrub it off. I also don't get my kids to make their lunch box every day but if I am ever sick they do know how to do it themselves. So in creating a list for your family it is important to plan what you feel comfortable with getting them to do.

By taking care of a lot of the housework myself it gives my children more time to develop talents and to play. They have time for music practise, sport, to play games together and to learn new skills from the list we have created similar to the one above. I really want my kids to be prepared to be independent and to survive in the real world when they leave home so we have starting training them young. We teach them how to do certain jobs, how to learn life skills and also role play on how to respond to certain situations they might be in, such as what to do if someone asks them to take drugs.  

Teaching life skills and jobs to kids does not need to be complicated. Keeping it simple and working out a plan that works well for your family is the key to success. If your kids see you working around the home I believe that is the best example to give them and understanding that they are not going to do a job like an adult will save you a lot of frustration.

a home of happy chaos

I have just finished reading the book 'Happy Chaos' by Soleil Moon Frye. You may remember her from the 80's show Punky Brewster. The book is a nice read about life growing up as a child star mixed with stories of raising her two girls. She shares her personal experiences mixed with questions and advice from her readers on her website

According to Soleil, 'Happy Chaos' is the sign of a family that is operating at it's best - when parents accept that they will make mistakes and will experience messes, tears and skinned knees. This got me thinking about our home and the happy chaos we have here.

Before I became a mother I spent time observing other families. I saw many large families who ran a very strict home and other large families who seemed to function in total chaos with no order. My goal going into motherhood was to strike a balance between the two. I wanted a house of order but a house that was set up for happiness and fun as well. As I read through Soleil's book I felt that we have achieved our goal of having a home of happy chaos and order. 

It has not been easy to arrive at this point. It has taken a lot of work and consistency in teaching our children that there is a time to work and a time to play. Of course we love those moments when working together becomes fun and joyful and feels like play but life is not like that every day.

For me Happy Chaos means a home with freedom to make, create, learn and explore life. It is a home environment where it is good to ask questions, to be able to share opinions and ideas, to be respected and listened to. A place to share emotions - happiness, sadness, anger and joy. There are opportunities to play games, dance, draw and build. Where appropriate affection is shown, where kindness is practised and where making memories is encouraged. 

Our home is not perfect, our family is not perfect but our home is a place we want to come home to and our family is a family we want to be with. That to me is real happiness.

What does a home of 'happy chaos' mean to you?

entrance way of my home

Home tour: entrance way of my home

I get a lot of emails from readers asking how I keep my home organised. So I thought I would start a little home tour and begin with the entrance way of our home. I like to keep my home organised and my decorating simple. As we have a lot of people in our home I like to buy furniture that has some type of storage associated with it. We need all the storage we can get as a large family.

I also like my home to reflect what we believe as a family. As soon as you step inside our door you can see what our focus is. The flowers, although very dead, make me smile when I see them. Memories. 

I picked up this sign on ebay and adore it. It reminds me to work hard in my mothering role. The windows I love as I enjoy flowers and I love when the sun shines through and casts a coloured flower shadow in my entrance way.

In our home the children take off any shoes that they are wearing and put them in the shoe basket as soon as they walk in the door. They then grab them from the shoe basket when they are heading out the door as well. Wearing no shoes on in our home has stopped a lot of dirt and mud being trampled all over our carpets and therefore less cleaning for me. I have found keeping them in a basket is much easier and more pleasant looking than a shoe rack as my children never take the time to put them on a shoe rack properly.

The wall in our entrance way I wanted to keep simple but also reflect a family focus. The heart shape is a collection of Instagram images that I printed out and arranged into a heart shape. I wrote about it here: I also wanted a storage unit and it had to be something that my children could sit on to put on shoes if they needed to. This unit works well to fill both roles. 

I found this storage unit at Target and it has been great to help keep us organised. The baskets in the bottom row I use to store hats. The first basket on the left if for school hats, the second for girls casual hats and the third for boys casual hats. Keeping hats at the front door in one place means we are less likely to forget them when we go out to the playground or on another adventure. 

In the top row of baskets starting from the left I keep candles to be prepared for a black out. I have a variety of different choices as we have a lot of storms here in Brisbane and you never know when you are going to lose power to your home. In the second basket I keep aprons for cooking. It might sound like a weird place to keep them but I simply do not have any room in my kitchen and this way they are all kept together. Most of them are aprons I have been given for doing blog work. In the third basket I keep the green style shopping bags. I placed them here to remind me to take them with me shopping. Of course I forget more times that I remember!

At the end of my entrance way I have a corner that I have simply decorated with items that I love.

I found the table at Ikea and I actually think it is supposed to be a bedside table but it fits perfectly in our entrance way. I like a white, fresh look when I walk into my home and keep it simple so I can fit keys or any other items I need to remember when I am walking out the door on the table.

I love this flower arrangement as Matt gave it to me for a wedding anniversary. It has the right flower and metal combination to represent all of the years we were married at that time. I love that he went out of his way to find this combination to give me as a gift. 

Above the table I have a large mirror. I picked it up in Ikea as well. I have it in the entrance way for those last minute mirror checks before you walk out the door. As the mother of four daughters I thought it might get some serious use!

Running for Cherubs and Angels

I am a big believer in dreaming big, setting goals and going after them.
I also believe in living a life that is inspiring to others, especially your own children.

I have small moments where I feel like I am achieving those two goals but many, many moments where I feel like I fall short. Such is life. Lately I have taken on a new goal, a mission, a purpose and a new determination to reach a goal I have had for a long time. You see, it is a goal that seems absolutely impossible in my own mind and for me to achieve it I need to face a lot of fears and misconceptions I have about myself. It is going to test me in ways that I am terrified of facing. I am scared of failing and therefore have many times put off even starting. 

My goal is I want to run a 10K marathon.

For many women running 10K is nothing. Easy even and a daily part of their routine. Running for me is not easy. I am not a runner and when it comes to running I am more of a couch sitter. I much prefer to walk and I do not have a good running style. I am not fast, I run slowly and when I run I feel like it is awkward, uncomfortable and not natural for me. In fact, I remember people laughing at me on many occasions when it came to running as a younger child.

So to help me achieve my goal I have been spending time running nearly every day. I have now finished the Couch to 5K running program and can slowly run 5K. I run on my treadmill at home as I am too embarrassed to run outside and my time for running the 5K is not fast at all but I can keep running until I hit the end. I am still amazed by it and have been thankful for the lovely support from other bloggers and readers as I have shared a little of my journey on twitter and facebook.

Now that I have achieved the first goal of being able to run 5K I am working on the big goal of making it to 10K. I knew it would be hard but I am finding it a lot harder than I thought. 10K is a really, really long way. So to help me get to the end I have come up with a plan to help motivate me and to help raise awareness at the same time. 

You see, I always wanted to have 10 kids and have finished having my children at the number 7. I have decided to let the 10K represent 10 cherubs. The first 7 for each of my kids and the last 3 for those mothers who have lost children and who have angels in heaven. The reason for this is that I really think that if I push myself I can run 7K. The last 3K I simply don't think I have it in me to make it myself. To make the distance I need to do it for someone else. I need that to motivate me to finish. 

Therefore, the first 7 will be for cherubs and the last 3 will be for angels.

So as I start to step up this journey I want to blog about it to help raise awareness for an organisation that helps mum's who have lost cherubs. I have a lot of friends and even some family who have lost sweet cherubs and it has been heartbreaking to watch. I do not know what it feels like to lose a baby. What I do know is that my heart will never be the same after hearing Kristie read out a blog post about losing her dear Avery. Her grief, her pain and her deep, deep sorrow was life changing for me. I have not stopped thinking about it since I heard it. 

Running for me is painful. Exercise and pain do not mix well for me. I am too weak. I stop when it starts to hurt and I give up. In thinking about this I keep coming back to the fact that it is nothing compared to what many women face when they lose a baby. You have no choice when it comes to facing pain when you lose a cherub. You have to face it, you have to immerse yourself in it and you have to live through it to move on. 

Every time I get on the treadmill, I feel weak and I don't feel strong enough to achieve my goal. I think of those women who have lost cherubs and I try to push myself through the pain. Most of the pain is in my own mind and not in my body. It is a battle of self belief that I can do it and make it to the end. I think about this small dream that I have and of all the lost dreams that mother's have who lose cherubs and then I start to run. I run and I cry.

I can't begin to tell you how many times I have started trying to achieve this goal and failed to make it past this stage. This is the longest I have ever tried for. I also have to say that I am really scared about putting this out there and not being able to do it. I am so not a runner and am really scared about failing.

But, I have decided it is better to try and to give it a go and to see where it takes me and to see if it is possible to make it to 10K. I am currently up to Week 4 of the Couch to 10K program and I am hoping I can make it to the end of the program.

One organisation that I know has been of great help to those who have lost cherubs is Heartfelt

{Heartfelt is a volunteer organisation of professional photographers from all over Australia dedicated to giving the gift of photographic memories to families that have experienced stillbirths, premature and ill infants and children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of their local hospitals, as well as children with serious and terminal illnesses. Heartfelt is dedicated to providing this gift to families in a caring, compassionate manner. All services are provided free of charge.}

I personally know Fiona and Carissa who are heartfelt photographers and love that this is a free service to provide beautiful memories for families who are dealing with grief and loss. The many images I have seen of families and cherubs is inspiring and also heartbreaking. I am hoping that as I run and blog about my journey that I can raise more awareness for those sweet angels who did not need to spend much time here on Earth and for those families who are left behind.

Lion King 2 & 3 + Giveaway

There is no doubt that the Lion King movie is a massive favourite of many children and parents. My cherubs have enjoyed watching it over and over and we even saw the Lion King musical many years ago. Recently we were invited to attend Australia Zoo to celebrate the release of these 2 movies on DVD and Blu-Ray. I thought I would have my own celebration with a giveaway here at Seven Cherubs. Here is a little about the movies:

ABOUT LION KING 2 - Simba's Pride

Experience, the power of “Upendi” – which means “Love” – as Kiara, Simba’s strong-willed daughter, seeks adventure away from her father’s watchful gaze. Timon and Pumbaa can do only so much to protect her, especially when she encounters an intriguing rival, Kovu, a cub who is being groomed to lead Scar’s pride. As Kiara and Kovu search for their proper places in the great “Circle Of Life”, they discover that it may be their destiny to reunite their prides and bring peace to the Pride Lands. Featuring the original all-star voice cast, the breathtaking animation and enchanting songs, Kiara and Kovu's adventure continues for another new generation.


Hilarity reigns in this comedy adventure that take's you way back to the beginning, before Simba’s story began. From their uniquely hysterical perspective, Timon and his windy pal Pumbaa – the greatest unsung heroes of the savanna – reveal where they came from, how they helped Simba save the Serengeti and what really happened behind the scenes of The Lion King’s biggest events. This last movie in the Lion King trilogy features the original voice cast as well as your favourite characters and music by Elton John and Tim Rice. You will feel the love in every funny moment!

Giveaway items:

1 x DVD Lion King 2 
1 x DVD Lion King 3
1 x DVD Lady and the Tramp
1 x DVD Lady and the Tramp 2
1 x Lion King Read - Along Book with Audio CD
1 x Lady and the Tramp Book with Charm Necklace
1 x Lady and the Tramp Hardcover Book
1 x The Lion King Story Book with Audio CD 
1 x Australia Zoo Soft Plush Lion

Giveaway Details:

A day at Australia Zoo

As a family we love packing up our bus and heading off on an adventure together. We especially love a trip to the Zoo and were delighted to get an invitation as a family to attend Australia Zoo to help celebrate the release of Lion King 2 & 3 on DVD and Blu-Ray. 
We have been to Australia Zoo before as a family but snapped up this chance as we knew they would have a day of fun planned for us and how could we pass up an opportunity to see the Irwin Family in a Croc show!
Australia Zoo clean, well set out and a lovely place to visit and walk around. Sure Croc's are not the most exciting creatures to look at as they do not move much but there are a lot of other animals there and the Zoo really is a top place to visit.
Our visit to Australia Zoo happened to come right at the end of our holiday and we were all exhausted but excited to have one last day of family fun together.
My cherubs started out by having their faces painted to get into the Lion King theme. All of mine decided to get the same! 
Crikey! What a bunch of cherubs and bloggers!! We all gathered together for a photo shoot and then headed off to watch a Lion King movie in the Crocoseum.
We all piled into the Crocoseum for a private viewing to watch Lion King 2 complete with popcorn and drinks.
The kids all loved it and so did the parents!
We were then all ushered into the special VIP Seating area in the Crocoseum to watch the Croc Show with the Irwin Family. Last time I came Russel Crow was sitting in these seats so we were all feeling pretty special with the lovely treatment we received.
The show started with a big puff of smoke and then out came who my cherubs were dying to see!
The Irwin family. It was lovely to receive a special greeting from them and to hear Terri Irwin talking about how awesome mummy bloggers are and the great influence and power we have as a voice. We even were shown on the big screen to a packed out Crocoseum and my older kids were a little shocked by the special attention.
We were delighted to see Bindi feeding a massive croc. Pretty cool shot hey!
After watching the show we headed off to a private elephant feeding experience.
Hello! Totally spoilt!
My cherubs all jumped in and had a turn feeding the elephants. Seriously, how often do you get the chance to do that! 
It was wonderful to be so close to such magnificent creatures.
After the elephant feeding we were free to go off and explore the rest of the Zoo. I loved this large picture of Bindi and would love to have such a massive picture of my cherubs in my home.
We stopped to check out the new Africa section of Australia Zoo and well, I just couldn'tt show you pictures of what that is like as that would spoil it for you when you go visit :)

We had such a lovely day thanks to Disney Australia and Australia Zoo. I have a giveaway planned to go with this post but will add it separate as this is quite a long post!