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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Little Prince at The Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

The Little Prince was playing at The Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, and my 11 year old son, Everest, and I were excited to attend.  It was our third time to a Spare Parts production, so we knew to expect a captivating hour of interesting props, performers, and puppets.  This time we chose a spot in the very front row.

As we waited for the show to start, all that was on stage was a big, wooden box that looked like a packing crate.  Just a box in the center of the stage invited curiosity and anticipation for us as we wondered what could be inside.

The show began with the two performers, a man and a woman, moving more boxes onto the stage. This created even more curiosity as the audience wanted to know what was inside. Coincidentally, so did the two characters that moved the boxes in. Especially the woman.  She couldn't help herself, and opened one of the boxes.  Inside, she found the Little Prince!

The scenes flip flopped between the two characters moving the boxes, and the story of The Little Prince. Each time the movers moved a crate and opened it, another scene from the story unfolded.

The way the scenes popped out of the moving crates was absolutely amazing!  The boxes transformed into the different scenes as the Little Prince journeyed through the Sahara searching for the meaning of true friendship and matters of the heart.

Among the characters The Little Prince met on his journey were a stranded pilot, a quirky king, a playful fox, and a deadly snake. The Little Prince learned a little knowledge from each of them, although not all of them gave the best advice. The grown-ups especially had some pretty silly ideas about what really mattered in life.

The story of The Little Prince has been around for more than 70 years, and has quite a deep meaning.  I'm not positive my son grasped the underlying theme of the story, but it surely gave us something to discuss and ponder.  Certainly one of the reasons I bring him to the theatre in the first place... to give him a meaningful experience that will stay in his mind perhaps forever.

The Little Prince is playing at The Spare Parts Puppet Theatre July 5-19.  The theatre is located at 1 Short Street, Fremantle, just opposite the train station.

Bookings are essential by visiting or telephone 9335 5044.

Suitable for all ages, but perfect for ages 4-12.

10am & 1pm daily
Evening performance at 6:30, July 18.
No performances on Sundays or public holidays.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Discovering Fire & Emergncy Safety in Perth at the Education and Heritage Centre Fire Station

The kids and I love venturing into Perth CBD to discover new things, so when we heard about The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Education and Heritage Centre for children and families, we were excited to check it out.

Parking is never easy in the city, so we rode the train in and caught the Red Cat to the Royal Perth Hospital stop.  My youngest son loves riding the train and the bus, so this in itself was part of the adventure!  The Education and Heritage Centre is located near Royal Perth Hospital on the corner of Murray and Irwin Streets.

The FESA is nestled right across the street from another heritage spot in Perth.  This part of the city is rich in culture, and the tree lined street has a sort of charm from years past.

We entered the center and were immediately drawn to the old time fire engines and heritage displays showing the progress of fire fighting through the years. I especially appreciated this part of the museum... looking at old leather fire hoses, firefighter uniforms, and equipment.

The heritage center is an actual fire station from the past.  The old engines are parked in the firehouse garage. It was fun showing the kids how the firefighters used to slide down the pole from the second story to race into their gear and onto the truck.

In the back corner of the fire station, there was a mirror and box of dress up for the kids.  They could become firefighters themselves by dressing in hats and big yellow jackets!  Even my thirteen year old got into the the dress up fun!

Upstairs in the heritage center was a whole floor of interactive safety exhibits with hands on demonstrations and models.

After climbing the stairs, you will see a section with computer kiosks and information pamphlets about possible disasters and their safety procedures. But it was the next room that got my 4 year old son's attention. It had child sized tables and chairs, puzzles, coloring in sheets, crayons, and loads of books to read about fire safety.

The last room brought us through several modules about emergency situations and safety.  Including: water/marine safety, fire safety, safety in the bush/wilderness, earthquakes, hurricanes, and mountain terrain safety.  The categories all relate to Wind, Earth, Water, & Fire.


What we liked best about the heritage center was the hands on aspect.  It was a museum where discovering and learning through touch and interaction was encouraged.  The best part of all... the whole experience was FREE!


The Education and Heritage Centre is open 10 am - 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, and admission is free.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Visiting the New Orangutan Boardwalk at the Perth Zoo

The kids and I went to Jungle School today at the Perth Zoo.  We wanted to check out the all new Orangutan Boardwalk that officially opened April 13, 2014.

Jungle School was an interactive experience that taught us what it takes for an orangutan to be released back into the wild.

Here are the Five things an Orangutan must learn at Jungle School:

  • Stay in the Trees (arborealism)
  • Getting Along (socialization)
  • Find Food & Water (foraging)
  • Know Your Neighborhood (orientation)
  • Make a Nest (nesting skills)
According to the Perth Zoo website, a number of the young orangutans from the zoo will potentially be released into the Sumatran jungle one day... so Jungle School is a real necessity for them!

While exploring the new exhibit, my kids were able to go inside replica's of the orangutans tower-top pods, climb ropes similar to the primates, and measure up their hands and feet in comparison to the orangutans.
  • Here is a list of the exciting new features:
  • Replicas of the tower-top pods
  • Binoculars for zooming in on the 12 orangutans that inhabit the Perth Zoo
  • Observation Stations with visitor-controlled CCTV to get a closer look
  • A broken down Jeep that children can climb on and explore at the entrance of the exhibit
  • Interactive play stations for children to explore and pose for photographs!

It was also interesting to learn that Palm Oil is the big reason the orangutans are rapidly becoming extinct in the wild, and that the orangutan's rainforest habitat is in grave danger.

Keeping rainforest conservation in mind, the new Jungle School exhibit and habitat was made with recycled material including recycled plastic and even the jarrah wood that the previous orangutan display was made from.

The $3.6 million project features misting, sounds, and over 2000 new plants to reflect the smells, sights, and sounds of the rainforest.

We had a great time observing the orangutans in their new exhibit.  They were quite active playing, swinging and climbing.  The baby orangutans were especially fun to watch!  They stayed close to their mother's and followed their every move.  It was easy to fall in love with these little hairy primates!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Younique Launch in Australia, United Kingdom, and New Zealand!

Younique Launch: Australia, UK, and New Zealand!

Younique Australia CharmIf you live in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand and have been searching for a  business opportunitythis is it.
Younique is a direct sales company that is like no other.  It's innovative in the way the products are introduced to family and friends almost completely online using social media.  You do not have to have home parties or go to trade shows to be successful in this business.  The products sell because they are so amazing!  So all you basically have to do is use the product, love the product, and tell others about Younique!
New ZealandWhen you receive your Younique Presenters Kit full of makeup products, the first thing you will do is try out the 3D Fiber Lashes.  Remember to take a "before" and "after" photo and post it on your Facebook wall!  You’ll be amazed how many comments you’ll receive and how many people will be asking you about Younique!
With Younique Products, there is no "selling" involved. We simple show-and-tell people about the products and share the home-based business opportunity.

About Younique 

Younique UK
Younique was founded in the USA in 2012, and then launched in Canada shortly after.  The company's growth the past two years has been phenomenal! Thousands of women are earning a great income and looking better than ever before thanks to Younique.

Check out this growth chart:

Our mission is simple: “Younique’s mission is to uplift, empower, validate and ultimately help build the self-esteem of women around the world. Through high-quality products that encourage these core values – along with spiritual enlightenment – we’re enabling opportunities for personal growth and financial reward to women everywhere.”

About Younique Products

Younique Product CollectionYounique's products are special, because the are all naturally based.  Younique boasts many vegan, gluten free, and completely natural products as well. All of the products are cruelty free, and Younique does not test on animals.

See all of the products on my Younique website with beautiful photos and descriptions.
  • 3D Fiber Lashes
  • Pigments
  • Concealers
  • BlushersYounique Minerals Pigment Set
  • Primer
  • Brushes
  • Rose Water
  • BB Cream
  • Moisturizer
  • Lip Gloss
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Collections
  • Sets
The best seller by far are the 3D Fiber Lashes!

About The Opportunity

Younique LogoWhen you join my team, you’ll have access to training from me, and several of our Younique groups on Facebook.  We have a sort of sisterhood and support system like no other.  We are there for each other to ask questions, share ideas, and cheer one another on!  All training is free and easily accessible to help you succeed in your Younique business. 
When you sign on as a presenter, you are given your own free website right away.  In fact, you can start our very first virtual party within minutes of signing on!
Here is a list of what you will receive in the presenter's kit:
•16 Shimmer Pigment Testers •16 Matte Pigment Testers •All 6 Concealer Testers •All 5 Blusher Testers •3D Fiber Lashes •Eye Brush Set •Free business website! •White Status Charm •Instant Access to the Younique Virtual Party System™. Start hosting parties immediately! •Presenter's Guide •$25 USD/$30 CAN/$33 AUD in Younique Cash on your Birthday annually! •PayQuicker Younique bank account •All of this comes in our signature black faux leather, embossed Younique case.

About Me

I am a USA citizen living in Australia, so I was lucky enough to have the Younique opportunity shared with me early on by a friend living in the USA.  She knew it would be an amazing opportunity for me to get into the company at the ground level, and become one of the "Founding Presenters" in Australia.  I am presenter #231 in Australia, and a proud member of the exclusive triple digits club (one of the first 999 presenters) in Australia. Check out my Younique website here.

Within a month of signing on, I met one of the first major milestones, and reached YELLOW status, giving me a permanent pay raise!  I quickly advanced to PINK status, followed by BLUE, and presently, I am a GREEN Elite status presenter for Younique.  We have a terrific team and I would love for you to be a part of it!

Join My Team

Australia Launch was April 1.  
If you live in Australia, click the box below to join my team now!

New Zealand Launch is June 1.

UK Launch expected in the near future!
Younique UK

If you live in New Zealand or the UK:
REGISTER your interest with me by commenting below, or connect with me on FACEBOOK!

Please contact me to join my priority Younique Launch notification list. Between now and the launch, I’ll send you information about the Younique products, compensation plan (how you make money), and strategies and tips to help you launch your own Younique business the day we go live. 

As soon as the launch date is announced I’ll let you know and provide you everything you need to get your business up and running right away!
We are also seeking presenters in USA & Canada.  When you join our team, you are eligible to sell in any country Younique has launched.  For example, I currently have customers in USA, Canada, and Australia!  Soon, I will add the United Kingdom and New Zealand to my customer base!  
Click the purple box if you live in USA or Canada. 
Thank you so much for your interest in Younique Products and I look forward to working with you!