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Sunday, June 30, 2013

'Peter Pan' DVD giveaway

There are classic kids' flicks... and then there's Disney's 'Peter Pan'.

After attending a special screening in Sydney recently with the twins and husb in tow, Disney and Mango PR have been kind enough to give the opportunity to TwinnieWorld reader to win a copy of the limited edition DVD to readers.

First, more about the special DVD release and the classic movie... here is the 'Double Play' (able to be played on Blu-Ray and DVD) packshot.

Beginning in the London nursery of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, the children are visited
by Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up.

With the help of his fairy friend Tinker Bell, Peter teaches them to fly and takes them to Never
Never Land.

I adore that this timeless tale of adventure and fantasy is still here to be imagined and dreamed into life by young kids today, just as it has for decades. It's pretty special to watch little faces light up as they watch what you watched when you were a little tike. Very special.

"All it takes is faith, trust and a little bit of Pixie dust…"

Disney has released the classic 'Peter Pan' - a timeless classic from Disney's 'Golden Age' of animation for the first time ever on Blu-­ray on 5 June 2013, With a complete digital restoration and crystal clear high definition picture and sound.

Here's all you need to do to win a copy of the DVD - five are on offer:

- 'Like' the Josie's Juice Facebook page. Click here.
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- Email me at with your address and your answer to this question: why I'd like to win this DVD and who I'd watch it with. (Entries are invalid without your emailed entry with your postal address, as I need your details on hand if you are a winner, so the DVD can be mailed out to you.

*Competition open to Australian residents only

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RRP: Blu-­‐ray $49.95 and DVD $39.95 (five of the DVD on offer for winners).

Run time: Blu-­‐ray 77 minutes; DVD 73 minutes

Rating: G

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Bad Mum's Club: By Laury Jeanneret

I love guest posts. I mean, you don't want to hear me go on and on all the time about how wonderful motherhood.

Because I don't.

Motherhood... yeah, it's hard work.

And sometimes... I do NOT enjoy.

And so it was really quite fabulous to read my friend Laury's version of motherhood - realistic, hard work, not quite what she expected/prophesised about before she had kids.

It's everything I love about honest mothers who admit that sometimes, you know what... it's just... shite. Read on:


"I have just spent the morning with my daughter in a children’s play-centre, and whilst there I had an epiphany. I did not like it. Not that I don’t like spending time with my daughter, I do, I love her to bits. It’s just other kids I’m not that keen on. Basically, apart from the fruit of my own womb, and a select few of my friends’ offspring, I do not like children much. There, I said it.

I realise that this is not a very PC view, and certainly not one that any mother should express, but there it is. I’m just not maternal, not really even with my own child, and that has come as a huge shock to me. When I was pregnant I was the most annoyingly blooming mother-to-be in the universe. I developed a major attachment to my bump, documented every stage of my pregnancy, had a cast-iron (or so I thought) log of things I would and wouldn’t do as a parent.

For example, I would never let my child eat McDonalds. I would spend at least 3 hours per day finger painting/potato printing/reading to my child, I would only feed my child organic food, I would not enter her to daycare until she was at least 3 years old, as everything I had read said it was beneficial to have one-to-one contact with the primary caregiver until that age. I would never let my child sleep in my bed, my routines would be cast-iron.

Fast forward three years and my daughter has been in daycare since 15 months, and what’s more she loves it. And so do I. I love the hours of my life that it gives me back, some days I am counting down the minutes till nursery drop-off time. My daughter sleeps in my bed with me, but mainly because I am too exhausted to embark on yet another battle of wills. Plus I need the sleep. So if she sleeps, and I sleep, in my bed, I figure, what the hell, happy baby, happy mother.

I rarely feed my daughter organic food, largely due to the cost, and sometimes, I will confess, if she’s a good girl she’ll get a Happy Meal as a treat. I see absolutely nothing wrong with this. I feel like I am giving my daughter an appreciation of all different types of food, and to be honest, though the moral majority may disagree, it’s just a friggin’ Happy Meal. I’m not feeding her whiskey in her bottle at night. Chill the hell out, I say.

As for the finger painting and potato printing, well what can I say? This caper just don’t come naturally to me. Sometimes I am so disappointed that I have not turned out to be the type of Earth-mother I expected to be. I even bought a Cath Kitson change-bag for God’s sake. But you are who you are, and who I am is the type of mother that adores my child, but also has a strong sense of self that is separate to her. And whilst I love my baby, I don’t always love being a mum.

There, I said it, shoot me. I am a fully paid-up member of what Sophie Heawood described recently as the Bad Mums’ Club. I find finger-painting boring. I can’t abide the mess that potato prints create. But what’s more I find the kind of Middle-Class Mummy kitted out in Kitson an absolute snoozefest. If I have time with my girlfriends I don’t want to spend it talking about whether little Betsy is toilet trained or Casper is eating his carrots yet. I couldn’t give a sh*t to be honest. I can barely muster up the enthusiasm for this stuff with my own child, let alone anyone else’s.

I’m more of the school of thought that if I’m at a party the kids can play together while the parents (supervising them obviously) get to be adults, get drunk, swear and smoke. And yes, I smoke too. Tut tut. More boxes ticked on my Bad Mum rap-sheet. Well you know what, I don’t smoke around my daughter and as long as I’m not sharing my Cutter’s Choice with her and teaching her to roll I don’t feel an ounce of guilt. Back in the old days all the Stepford Mums were on Mogadons and Valiums, so I reckon I’m doing pretty well with the odd fag as opposed to say, a prescription drug problem.

And this is the thing with Middle Class Mummy Syndrome, with their Monsoon clothes and Stokke buggies and organic food, and raised eyebrows at hotpant-wearing Bad Mums like me; they bleat on about how their world’s are child-centric. How everything must be ‘fair trade’ and PC, how we’ve lost our sense of “community”, that mums that aren’t completely obsessed with their offspring should take a leaf out of the books of the women in the Third World – where community is everything, where child-rearing is priority.

Well let me tell you ladies, I have lived in Africa, and the women there ain't that much different to me. You won’t find them sitting around finger painting. You’ll find them out in the fields grafting, going back to work, sometimes days after giving birth. The women in such communities are just like the working class mothers here, they work, usually through necessity, they have no time or use for the luxury of ‘child-centric parenting’. And community is all, but the children fit into the existing communities and learn to become valuable members of it. They do not have their noses wiped at every sniffle by over-zealous mummies with painted on smiles and vacant eyes.

One day our babies grow up and fly the nest and what they leave us with if they have been allowed to dominate that nest is the mother’s total sublimation of self. They leave behind a mummy bird with broken wings, totally unable to fly, or even remember what the wide blue open feels like anymore. A decimated identity is not an easy thing to repair. Me, I have no worries on that score, I’ll still have my hotpants and my Cutter’s Choice, a box of rosé and a foul mouth that could rival any tradesman!

Here’s to all the bad mums out there: Long may they reign!"

What do you think of Laury's piece? Agree? Share your stories below (so Laury and I don't feel so bad).

To read more of Laury's work, go here.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

'Should You Have Kids' Flowchart

So... you're deciding whether to have kids?

Here is a humourous flowchart to help you decide:
Sooo... any more convinced? Of course, it's all in jest.

But... do take heed of your love of sleep. And ignore those who tell you that within mere months you will be sleeping beautifully... you won't. Give it a few solid years, factoring in changes in routine, teething, illness, and the rest.

On another note: COFFEE!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Convos With My 2 Year Old - EPISODE 4 'The Check'

And now... episode number 4 of 'Convos With My 2 Year Old' - EPISODE 4 'The Check'.


Missed the other eps?

Here is episode three, and episode two, and episode one.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Channing Tatum: Baby Everly First Photo

Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum have introduced their daughter Everly to the world - via social media!

The couple - who welcomed their first child on May 31 - posted this photo of their two week old daughter to their social media accounts on Sunday, as they celebrated Father’s Day in the US.

“First Father’s Day with my girls,” the 33 year old actor captioned.

Too adorable!

Do you think celebs should post pics on social media, or sell to the highest bidder?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Convos With My 2 Year Old - EPISODE 3 'The Cookie'

Love this.

Episode three of 'Convos With My 2 Year Old'.

Watch and share:

'Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City': Hoyts Jnr School Holiday Movie

'Hoyts Jnr.' continues to present school holiday movie fun.

I like the concept! Movies which are little in duration (under an hour, woo - perfect for short attention span kiddies!), and little in price ($7 a ticket).

'Dinosaur Train' pulls into the Hoyts Jnr. station these school holidays for the first Australian (and New Zealand) big screen treatment: 'Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City'. The short movie feature brings all the favourite characters out, with new adventures and catchy new songs into one movie-length special.

In 'Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City', Buddy and his Pteranodon family embark on the most exciting Dinosaur Train adventure of all - they're going to the Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City, Laramidia. The Theropod Club Convention is on and Buddy is curious to find out more about his species, so all his family and theropod friends, including King Cryolophosaurus and Annie Tyrannosaurus, take a journey to the Dinosaur Big City where they dance, sing and explore.

Dinosaur Train Big City is shown exclusively to Hoyts Jnr. cinemas across 47 locations in Australia and NZ from 15 June – 14 July 2013, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesdays at 10am.

TICKETS ON SALE: from June 5
SESSION DATE AND TIMES: 15 June – 14 July 2013, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesdays at 10am

For more info:
Hoyts New Zealand:
Hoyts Australia
NSW: Bankstown, Blacktown , Broadway , Charlestown , Chatswood Mandarin , Eastgardens , Erina , EQ, Mt Druitt, Tweed Heads , Warringah Mall, Penrith, Warrawong, Wetherill Park
WA: Carousel, Millennium, Garden City, Southland,
SA: Tea Tree, Salisbury, Norwood
VIC: Chadstone, Eastland, Forest Hill, Highpoint, Northland, Greensborough, Victoria Gardens, Watergardens, Broadmeadows, Frankston
ACT: Woden, Belconnen
QLD: Sunnybank, Stafford, Redcliffe

Hoyts New Zealand
Botany Downs
Hibiscus Coast
Mission Bay
Sylvia Park
Wairau Park
Te Awa

Check sites for more info - some screenings continue until Tuesday July 16, 2013.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Co-sleeping: don't do it

For as long as I can remember - actually, since the day our twins were born - my husband and I have never done co-sleeping with our children.

Well, it's happened quite by accident - and by accident, I mean my eyes are hanging out of my head from sleep deprivation, and I am that desperate I nestle the screaming baby in between in and try to soothe the bub.

Now. Here's the thing. Hubby sleeps like a rock. A bomb could not rouse him. And yet... when a baby (not always crying) is placed between us, he wakes instantly, and tells me to move the child back to the cot, and later, the 'big bed.'

Sometimes, this annoyed the crap out of me (suggesting the opposite of what you do in a situation when your baby is screaming her lungs out always leads to an argument, doesn't it?) but mostly I was always relieved. He was taking control of a dire sitaution and eventually, the child always settled, and it always works.

Today, our kids never come to our bed in the middle of the night. Ever. And I absolutely love it. When we tuck them into bed, they don't come downstairs. Don't ask for water. Just... go to sleep. This is not a smug statement! This is years of hard, consistent work from the hubby and I. My husband has always said to me, "No. This is our bed. This is our sacred space. It is just for us."

And I really get that. It's the one place in the entire house which is just for us. In every single way.

But I won't lie. I do crave sleeping next to my child. Feeling their breath and their intertwined limbs and their soft hair and faces right next to me. Bliss, I think.

Well. Not quite so. Early this morning, my son awoke. He was a tad unsettled.

"Babe, do you wanna sleep in Raf's bed, and he can sleep here?" I say, finally getting the chance to sleep with my little prince?

"Sure," he says. And we do the bed-swap thing.

I am SO happy.

And that lasts about ten minutes.

He keeps hiding under the blankets. Checking to see if the sun has come up yet it's 1.30am! No, it hasn't!). And just generally waking me juuuust as I am about to drop off.

After what seems like an hour of this, I have HAD IT.

I raise my voice and tell him, "Enough! Go to sleep."

He does. And early in the AM, he says, "Hi Mummy! I'm awake!"

"Okay, great," I say, half-dead-to-the-world. "Go to Daddy."

I sleep for a few more hours, and when I awake with that dreadful broken sleep feeling, I vow to never entertain that fun-in-theory co-sleeping thing again.

I love the rule my husband has made, and I will not be breaking it again.

What are your thoughts and experiences on co-sleeping? Share below!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bananas In Pyjamas: show cancelled

'The Age' newspaper has reported that kids' TV show 'Bananas in Pyjamas' will be ceasing production of the popular Australian show.

They report:

"The ABC has ceased production of its iconic children's television program, Bananas in Pyjamas. The last of 156 episodes of the animated version of the original 1992 live-action series will air on ABC2 at the end of the month, one month before the Bananas turn 21.

"The ABC's head of children's content, Tim Brooke-Hunt, said that even though the program is watched by an average of 380,000 viewers nationally, and is the public network's biggest-selling children's product on the international market, screening in 130 countries, Bananas in Pyjamas does not generate enough revenue to justify a fourth season."

Are you a fan of the show? Sad news for kiddie show lovers...

To read more, click here.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

'Despicable Me 2': Movie Ticket Giveaway

With Steve Carrell in Sydney tonight for the red carpet premiere of 'Despicable Me 2', Universal Pictures and Twinnieworld are happy to be offering five double passes to Twinnieworld and Josie's Juice blog readers to see the movie.

Here is the fun trailer:

And how fabulous is the movie poster?

To enter the competition, here is all you need to do:

- 'Like' the Josie's Juice Facebook page. Click here.
- Share this link on your Facebook wall
- Comment in box below telling me why you'd like to win a double pass, and who'd you take
- Email me at with your address. Entries are invalid without this, as I need your details on hand if you are a winner, so the double pass can be mailed out to you.
*Competition open to Australian residents only.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Honest Toddler: Convos With My 2 Year Old - Episode 2: VIDEO

The second video in this funny series from 'Honest Toddler' is just in. Did you see part one? Here it is.

The Facebook page 'Honest Toddler' features status updates made from the thought processes of a toddler.

Honest Toddler has now started a video series, titled  'Convos With My 2 Year Old'. All are acted out by the creator of the page Matthew Clarke and the child - Coco - is hilariously played by a fully grown man, David Milchard.