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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Annie Nolan: Sign On Twins VIRAL PHOTO

Going viral.

Annie Nolan, a blogger who is married to AFL player Liam Picken, has posted this photo on social media, with the caption below, and it has been shared over 20,000 times from her page.

I REALLY wanted to leave these signs on the pram today. As a twin mum, you get asked a series of questions/hear a series of statements EVERYTIME you go out. I know most people are coming from a great place and are just curious however many can be quite intrusive and after a while it's just plain exhausting. And since I was heading into the city, I knew the questions would be coming thick and fast... but I chickened out on the train and took them off! 
P.S- it is a joke people 😜

Since her post has gone viral, she has posted this:

Delphi and Cheska leaving the house for the first time since their 15mins of facebook fame ‪#‎delphiandcheska‬ ‪#‎twins‬

And more recently, Annie posted this:

You know that feeling when a little in-joke between friends turns international? Yeah, nah? Well that is what I am feeling at the moment! Hahahaha. Liam leaves me for 4 days and his kids end up in the British News. Whoops! 
PS- the headline is tad exaggerated probably to encourage people to click on it. I'm not fed up at all! It was a joke gone a little mad. My twins are MY FAVOURITE TOPIC to talk about! 
PPS- The trolls and haters are way more fierce than footy crazies! Haha. Love it 😜
PPPS- Hi lovely English men and women! Thanks for your support. My best friend was born there and her family are from there (Manchester) so thank you for providing me with such a beautiful soul. Lots of love to you all xx

Me? As a twin mum, for a LONG while after I gave birth to my twins I was asked if twins run in my family, which I honestly think that sometimes it was just an alternate way of people asking: did you use IVF? I can hereby publicly acknowledge that no… I did not use IVF. Yes I had sex with my husband to create my twins. See? What does it matter anyway! And ewww, too much information for you, isn't it? Yes, I agree.

Also, when people immediately assume I delivered them via a c-section, I obviously feel the need to clarify: no, it was not a cesarean, yes it was a vaginal birth, yes I was given an epidural, yes I am a champion, and yes, so are all the women who gave birth via c-section. So there. (I DO love the reactions of women when I tell them I pushed two out, though; they are genuinely encouraging and impressed… and yes, I felt like I could conquer the world afterwards).

Did I mind all the questions about my twins themselves? NO, I loved it. I loved telling anyone - friends, colleagues, the checkout assistant, the taxi driver - that I was having twins, and after their birth, I was so proud to talk about them to anyone who would listen. Did I get tired of it? Not really. And no, my twins CAN'T be identical because… they are a boy and a girl.

Do I understand Annie's post? Yes, I do. Because guess what? It's HER experience and hers alone. She adds some humour to it, and is really not hurting anyone. Let's not make it about us, about infertility, about anything other than what was a private post (what's private on social media though? Nothing!) which has now gone viral.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

'Disney On Ice' presents 'Dare To Dream': Sydney 2015 REVIEW

Okay, so upfront I will admit that when Josie's Juice (the sister site to TwinnieWorld) received an invitation to come along to the 'Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream' show (currently travelling Australia, and in Sydney until this Sunday), I was EXCITED!

I mean, look at this! SO dreamy!

I have never experienced this spectacular, and I was possibly even more excited than my kids (twins, boy/girl, age 7) were!

And so, we went to the opening day show of 'Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream' at Allphones Arena with the best attitude possible… with no expectations at all!

And… we were blown away!

In AUSTRALIA for their national tour from June 5 to July 12, 2015, Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream opened in Australia on 5 June 2015 and will be the ultimate princess experience, taking audiences on a journey to fulfill their dreams.

Bringing two of Disney’s modern day princess stories Tangled and, The Princess and the Frogand two most beloved fairytales Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsand Cinderella, this action packed skating spectacle is a classic meets contemporary celebration of 75 years of Disney Princess stories.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream opened in Perth on 5 June and has/will travel to Adelaide, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney until 12 July.

Laugh at Disney's hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Snow White escapes from the Evil Queen in her search for her one true love. Watch as fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. And boogie to the beat of the bayou in a magical, musical journey that celebrates the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen.

Australian audiences will experience the beauty, sparkle, and adventure when Disney On Icepresents Dare To Dream comes to a city near you.

And, how magical it all was. My family (even the husband) was absolutely enthralled by entire show, guessing the story lines as we went, pointing with delight at all the characters they know and love.

Here are the remaining Sydney dates:

Sydney - Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park 8 - 12 July (Wed - Sun) 

Purchase tickets from Ticketek: 132 849 or Tickets start from just $29.50. Additional discounts apply on select performances. Credit card and transaction fees may also apply. For more information visit

More about Feld Entertainment: Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at

Disney Theatrical Productions(DTP): operates under the direction of ThomasSchumacher and is among the world’s most successful commercial theatre enterprises, bringing live entertainment events to a global annual audience of more than 19 million people in more than 50 countries. The group produces and licenses Broadwaymusicals around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John& Tim Rice’s Aida, TARZAN®and Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh.

Here are some MORE beautiful pics for the show! (And yes, you can pick up SO many merchandising options from the show, and at intermission, where they come to you) and a little (BIG!) tip: if you're kids are SUPER fans, get them to dress up as their fave Disney character. Most kids do!

And here are my kiddies at the show! We met the lovely and kind Krit from Australia's MTV (he also LOVED the show… see all ages!):

Monday, July 6, 2015

Flynn's Restaurant: diner's minimum age of seven

This post on Facebook… a friend alerted me and my guess is that it'll go viral:

It's from a Queensland restaurant called Flynn's.

It reads:

Flynns Restaurant requires diners be a minimum age of 7 years old. 

This is a reply to the post for Christine Hall. Yes, we have applied the rule of not permitting children below the age of 7 in the restaurant minutes after you left because we respect our guests' wishes to dine in a calm atmosphere. The feedback from our diners regarding screaming babies have been nothing but wholly negative and in the interest of their wishes we have decided to introduce this policy and it will stand.

As a born and bred European myself, I do follow a good dining etiquette and it is my responsibility as a manager to step in and politely convey information to the families with small children to find alternative arrangements (just like every other family does in Europe). If one pays money for having an enjoyable lunch during an anniversary or honeymoon, please do yourself and other patrons a favour by getting a babysitter or by removing the screaming baby from the room. It is purely out of respect for other diners, regardless whether they are two or twenty of them in the restaurant. Those are basic social skills and we do not feel that we should be teaching parents how to handle their children. Sonia Tymecka, the manager of Flynn's restaurant.

Your thoughts?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hi-5 'House of Dreams' Australian Tour!

Hi-5 is here, you guys!

They are touring Australia!

Hi-5 presents the 'House of Dreams' Australian tour, and you can come along and enjoy a brand new national tour with your fave five people:

Dream big this June and July school holidays join Hi-5 in their brand new Australian stage show, Hi-5 House of Dreams, when it tours around Australia from June 28 to July 15, visiting Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

The Hi-5 House of Dreams tour gives audiences an invitation to the most exciting “slumber party” ever! There’s not much sleeping but lots of singing and dancing and adventure when our favourite puppet Chats takes control of the Hi-5’s dreams and makes their dreams come true!

Using Chats’ Magic Dream Catcher audiences will travel through jungles, fairy grottos, underwater coral gardens, the Wild West, and even outer space!! This interactive and energetic show will have audiences totally immersed in the world of dreams.

Hi-5 House of Dreams is a whimsical trip into a fantasy adventure where you can catch your favourite Hi-5 songs – Underwater Discovery, Move your Body, It’s a Party and Living in a Rainbow and plenty of new songs with the Hi-5 gang – Stevie, Mary, Tanika, Ainsley and Dayen.

Here they are below, and details on dates:

The remaining 2015 national tour dates

Sydney – Concourse Theatre, Chatswood: 7-8 July

Perth – Regal Theatre: 14-15 July 

Join Hi-5 for their House of Dreams stage show as they travel across Australia this winter school holidays!

More about Hi-5:
Hi-5 was launched in Australian in 1998 with five dynamic performers entertaining children aged 2-8 with music, movement, problem solving and play.

The children’s musical group is well known globally, reaching an estimated global audience of more than 10,000,000 children across Europe, North America, Australasia and Latin America with its tours, music and TV shows. The Hi-5 TV series has consistently been one of the top three most successful pre-school shows in Australia.

Hi-5 has won three Logie Awards for Most Outstanding Children’s Program, five ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album, five Australian DVD and Video Industry Awards, an APRA Award, an AMIA Award and a Helpmann Award.

Follow Hi-5 on Facebook here.

To book tickets, go here. Here you will see 

TwinnieWorld readers can win one of two family passes (valued at around $200 each) for the Sydney performances on Tuesday and Wednesday at The Concourse, at Chatswood for the 10am or the 1.30pm performance. For more about where The Concourse is and how to get there, go here. The show is one hour long, with an interval. For more about the show at this venue, go here.

All you need to do to enter is email me at: - and let us know which time and day you want to enjoy the world of Hi-5 fun!

Winners will be drawn on Sunday night, and advised on Monday AM. You must email your entry for this one, as I need your full name and phone number so I can reach you!