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DIY Project: Dark to white wooden cabinet for under $30!

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A couple of months ago my Mum was doing a clean out and decided she wanted to get rid of an old cabinet she had and asked if I wanted it. I looked at the cabinet and could immediately see it’s potential and how great it would look in white  but because of it’s curves and intricate details I decided it would be way to much hard work to sand back. So I took a pic and popped it up on my facebook page to see if anyone else wanted it. The amazing Pip Lincolne commented straight away, something to the affect of “Don’t get rid of that. It would look amazing painted white!” I replied that I agreed but couldn’t be bothered sanding it all back. “You don’t need to” replied Pip “Check this out“. Turns our Pip had written a post about painting a similar cabinet without the need to sand. Say what?! I immediately removed the post from my facebook page (before someone else snapped up the cabinet) and headed off to read Pip’s post.

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Unfortunately there wasn’t a stockist of the Annie Sloan chalk paint nearby so I headed to our local Bunnings to see if they had something similar. Turns out they had lots of chalk paint, just not the colour I wanted! So I asked the helpful Bunnings lady who told me that I could totally make my own chalk paint, it was super easy and cheap too. Winning! So yes, turns out you can make your own chalk paint by mixing normal paint with Plaster of Paris.

Here’s what I used:

Plaster of Paris ($7 for a 1kg bag. You only need a very small amount but this was the smallest bag Bunnings had).

Paint (I got three sample pots totaling 1.5 litres. $7.50 per pot).

Paintbrushes (I already had some at home but you can pick these up from Bunning for a few dollars).

Door knobs (I had some I wanted to use at home but again you can get these from Bunnings for a few dollars).

Total: $29.50

Here’s what I did:

Mixed 2 1/2 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 1 1/2 tablespoons of cool water. Then I added 1 cup of paint and used an old wooden spatula to mix it all together thoroughly.

Dusted off the cabinet and removed the glass; I could easily do this as the cabinet had little swig tabs holding the glass in place but if I was unable to remove the glass I could’ve easily just taped around the edges.

Slapped on the first coat of paint…and I really mean slapped on. My five year old helped do the first coat and we all know how kids paint!

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I allowed it to dry for a few hours then put on a second coat. Once that dried I then put on one final coat of just plain paint (without the plaster of paris mixed in) to give it a bit more of a glossy finish. I screwed on some new knobs, put the glass back in and voila, the finished product….

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Add a few pretty pieces to and I’m in love…

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What do you think? Now that I know this can be done so easily I have my eye on a few other old pieces we have lying around in the garage to fix up! Stay tuned…

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On beauty, having an amazinger face and meeting Zoe Foster Blake in the bathroom

Two weeks ago my sister and I were lucky enough to attend the official launch of Zoe Foster Blake’s new book Amazinger Face. I say lucky because apparently there ended up being over three thousand disappointed ladies who tried to get tickets but missed out. I thought we’d missed out too. After sending an email to the booking address I also called and put my name down on the list. Hours of waiting in anticipation later (and people starting to lose their shit on social media) I received an email to say sorry, the event had sold out within three minutes and we’d been placed on a waiting list. Bummer. One hour later I received another email confirming our spot; hooray we were in! Now time to get our pretty on….

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                                        My sister and I.

For those of you who don’t know Zoe is married to Hamish Blake (one half of the Hamish and Andy show) but is a celebrity in her own right. She is a journalist, published author and worked as the beauty editor under Mia Freedman at Cosmopolitan for several years. Amazinger Face is a fully revised and updated version of her original beauty book Amazing Face.

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                               Hi Zoe!

The launch was held over brunch at the Langham. I’d never been to the Langham before but had heard good things and let me tell you it did not disappoint! I felt fancy as soon as I walked in the doors. The food was amazing; we’re talking fluffy pancakes with Lindt chocolate sauce and meringues, fresh croissants, fruit platters and pretty bottles of waters with straws (see, fancy).

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As soon as we’d found our seat (on table 1 if ‘ya don’t mind) I headed off to the bathroom. When I walked in I noticed out the corner of my eye someone standing in front of the mirror fixing their hair but didn’t pay much attention. I stood at the basin washing my hands when I looked up and realized that said someone was in fact Zoe herself!

“Oh it’s you!” I gasped. Total fangirl moment, stay cool Sarah.

“Yes, it’s me” she replied “and I’m having a really bad hair day”. She looked stunning, as always and I told her so. I introduced myself and we chatted for a bit. As I went to walk away I had that moment where I thought to myself ‘do I ask for a photo or not?’ Not one to have any regrets I asked Zoe if taking a pic in the toilets would be inappropriate.“Umm, do you mind if we do it later after I’ve fixed my hair?” She said. She was totally nice about it but I still felt like a bit of a loser. And so I walked out without any evidence of having just met Zoe in the bathroom, hoping that she didn’t think I was a total weirdo. I quickly sent my friend (who is somewhat obsessed with Hamish and Zoe) a text. It read:

“So, me and Zoe chatting in the bathroom that just happened.” To which he replied..

“No way. What was she wearing? What were you wearing? What did she say? What did you say? Did you mention me?” See what I mean? A little obsessed.

We sat down to brunch, chatted, browsed and brought some stuff from Zoe’s Go To skin care range. I also purchased a copy of Amazinger Face and The Wrong Girl (one of Zoe’s fiction books which is being made into a TV series). Then Zoe entered the room. She gave a little speech then threw it open to the room for questions. Can I just say how awesome it is when you met someone in real life and they are just as gorgeous as you imagined they would be? Zoe was down to earth, friendly and damn funny! She has an extremely quick wit about her and had us all in stiches. At the end of her talk Zoe promised she would not leave without getting a photo with each and every person in the room and signing our books, which she did.

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                                    Me and Zoe.

And remember that Zoe obsessed friend of mine? Well we couldn’t have him miss out now could we….

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Now onto the book. I’ve read it cover to cover and have put those little sticky tabs on loads of pages. If you wear makeup, you need this book. If you don’t know how to wear makeup but want to learn, you need this book. If you want to look after your skin, learn how to tame your hair or what colour lipstick you should wear, you need this book. If you have a teenage daughter, she needs this book. Basically, I think every female should own this book. Its filled with some really great tips and tricks and need to know information. And the best bit? It’s not all about ‘looking’ good, it’s about feeling good and taking care of yourself and when it comes to beauty I think that’s the most important thing!

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             My goodies and signed copy of Amazinger Face.

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That evening after the launch I posted some pics on Instagram and who should like them but Zoe herself! I know, she probably just went through and liked everyone’s photos from the event but still, it made me feel special ha!

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Are you a Zoe fan? Have you picked up a copy of Amazinger Face yet? Got a fangirl moment you’d care to share?

By the way this is totally NOT a sponsored post. I have not been paid by Zoe to say how awesome she and her book are.

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Cooking Lately- New Recipes to Try

I recently set myself a goal to try cooking one new recipe a week. I was stuck in a bit of a rut and felt like I was cooking the same things over and over. It’s always nice to mix things up a little and try something different, so here’s what I’ve been cooking lately…..

Winter is the perfect time for soup so I made up a big batch of Jamie Oliver’s Tomato Soup. I added some mini pasta shells to make it a bit more filling and we had it for dinner one night. Was surprised that our four year old son (who never eats soup) gobbled it down! Definitely a winner and super easy to make.

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I’m a bit obsessed with loaves at the moment. They’re so easy to make and you can cut them up and freeze them for a stockpile of lunchbox snacks. We tried making this Coconut and Lemon Yoghurt Loaf recipe by Kidgredients. Oh my god, so yummy!!

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Do you ever pick up the free Woolworths Fresh magazine? It has some really good recipes in it! Last week I made the Lemon Chicken, Peas and Rice. Hubby thought it was delicious, our son thought it was disgusting and I wasn’t too sure….the verdict is out on this one but it was very easy to make was something a bit different at least!

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What have you been cooking lately? Got any yummy recipes I can try?

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My Life Coaching Experience (and a special offer for you!)

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Back in April I received an email from a total stranger. She had come across my blog post on Creativity and Career and decided to reach out to me. Her name was Katie and she was studying at the Beautiful You Coaching Academy to become a life coach. In order to graduate she need to coach three clients pro-bono and after reading my post she wondered if I’d be interested in giving life coaching a go. I jumped at the chance. I’d always been interested in life coaching and was curious to see what I would get out of it. Last week was my final session with Katie and I’ve since had a few people ask me what it was like so I thought I would share my experience with you all and offer you all the chance to give it a go too (stay tuned for that bit at the end).

So, once I agreed to work with Katie I completed a personalised survey and answered a few questions which gave us somewhere to start. From there, we worked on setting some main goals that I wanted to work on. I managed to settle on two main goals:

  • Practice self care so I feel the most energised I can and
  • Nurture my creativity and create a clear strategy for my blog and freelance writing.

Over the next three months Katie and I caught up via Skype every two weeks. We would begin each session by looking at those two main goals and then breaking them down into small, manageable steps that I could action over the following fortnight. I found the whole process really helpful. Katie was so easy to talk to and I felt she really understood where I was coming from. Knowing that I would be speaking to her every two weeks gave me some accountability; I knew she would be following up how I went with the actions I had set and so that gave me the extra motivation to actually do it! A lot of it was about exploring and seeing what worked best for me; some things worked, some things didn’t; we were able to recognise that and change things up when needed. We did a lot of work; from meal planning and trying different exercise regimes to mind mapping and developing a writing plan; we fit a lot into the six sessions!

So how did I feel at the end of it? What did I actually get out of it? Well, at the end of the six sessions I feel as though I am now so much clearer about everything; what I want and what I don’t, where my priorities lie and what’s important to me. In our final session we reflected on my journey and Katie pointed out that she thought I had a real turning point at about week three and I total agree. It was when this happened. I suddenly had several different opportunities come my way. One was quite a big opportunity that in the past I probably would’ve just said yes to (because I have this problem with saying no). But this time, because I was becoming clearer about what I wanted, I said no. I followed my gut instincts and I found the confidence to say no and it ended up being totally the right decision. Because here’s the biggest thing I discovered through my life coaching experience; when you say no to the things you don’t really want to do it leaves space to say yes to the things that you really do. Seems simple doesn’t it? But sometimes it takes some work to figure out exactly what it is that you do want to do!

So right now, I’m in a really good place. I’m doing work that I love, I’ve had a few articles published and have actually started to get paid for my writing (a dream I’ve held for a very long time). I’ve got lots of exciting things going on and even better things planned for the future. So yes, life coaching was totally worth it and I will continue putting in place the things I learnt from it.

Now, for the exciting part. Katie has just launched her very own coaching business. Katie has a background in PR so she is going to be focusing on working with entrepreneurs and business owners in this area. Here’s a bit about it:

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Although Katie is specialising in PR Coaching she has graciously offered to open up some spaces in her life coaching series to any of my readers who
may be interested. Katie will be offering this at a special introductory rate of $250 a month (two sessions a month) totalling $750 for the six part series. If you’re interested you can email Katie directly at info@katiemaynes.com I’d really encourage anyone who is considering life coaching to get in contact with Katie and give it a go!

Have you ever considered life coaching?

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Loving

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A happy, positive post today; Winter can be a bit of a drainer so I just wanted to share with you all some things that I’m loving lately….

1. Lunch Lady Magazine: People have been raving about this magazine since it first came out last year and I finally got my hands on a copy. I absolutely loved issue 3 so much that I have since ordered issues 1 and 2. If you’ve haven’t check this magazine out yet, get onto it people! You can buy it online here.

2. The Merrymaker Sisters: Love these girls! They’re like little balls of energy and sunshine. I’m addicted to their podcast and recently signed up for their free ‘find your perfect diet’ e-course which I found really useful. Their recipes are great too; hello gluten free, sugar free chocolate self saucing pudding!

3. Reading: I’ve been trying to do this every night before bed instead of scrolling through my phone (much better for winding down). I’ve just finished The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is the first fiction novel of hers that I’ve read. I have to admit it took me a little bit to get into; I’m not really a fan of historic novels but it ended up drawing me in and towards the end I couldn’t put it down. It is an epic novel, and whilst I didn’t exactly ‘love’ it I can certainly appreciate the beauty in it and what an amazingly intricate piece of writing it is.

4. Being part of The Melbourne Mum Squad. This fun idea put together by Bron from Flat Bum Mum, Erin from The Mum’s Group and Tegan from Bump into Mums is all about giving Melbourne mums the chance to meet up, catch up and chat. For their first event we’re heading out to drinks and a private screening of  the new movie Bad Moms  (which looks hilarious by the way!) There are still tickets available so if you want in just head here and be sure to sign up to the Melbourne Mum Squad to be in the loop on future events.

5. Make up. Yes, make up. You see I’ve never been much of a make up wearer, but my bestie has recently started selling Younique make up and I’ve fallen in love with it! My sister and I recently took ourselves off to a make up course (something we’ve both wanted to do for years) and after learning how to apply it properly I now feel more confident about wearing make up. So I’m slowing saving and buying up the things I want. If you want to check out the Younique range head to my friend Kat’s website here.

6. Speaking of make up, Zoe Foster-Blake is officially launching her new beauty book ‘Amazinger Face’ this month and guess who’s going to be brunching with Zoe at The Langham Melbourne to celebrate? Yep me! I’m super excited to both meet Zoe and check out her new book which you can pre-order here now. Of course I headed straight to instagram for a public vote on what I should wear…I ended up choosing this pretty number from Feather and Noise.

7. Being part of the new Kiddipedia website; I’d love you to head over and check out my first article ‘Talking to kids about the hard stuff’

8. Dance exercise videos. No seriously, don’t laugh! I’ve always struggled with exercising on a regular basis and find it even more of a challenge during winter so I recently plugged my ipad into the TV and looked up ‘dance exercise videos’ on youtube. The best thing is I can do it from the comfort of my own home, regardless of the weather and my son loves it too. We pump up the volume and dance around the lounge room, it’s fun and is also a really good, quick workout. I think I may have finally found my thing!

9. My new role and that my awesome new boss has been nominated for the AusMumpreneur Awards. You can vote for her here by selecting ‘Brooke Findley’ in category four.

10. This yummy coconut and lemon yoghurt loaf, I made it on Sunday night for lunches this week and my god it is good!

Other things I’m loving: camp outs in the lounge room, hot baths,  spending lots of quality time with my boys and sunny winter days.

What are you loving right now?

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A Winter Family Giveaway!

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Heads up Melbourne Families, The Big Freeze Festival is coming to town! Being held at the Cranbourne Racecourse 2 to 10 July this brand new event is an indoor winter wonderland for kids of all ages. The festival is split into a bunch of different zones with a variety of fun activities including snow play, arts and crafts, construction zones, live performances, workshops and more! You can read all about it here. And while you’re there you can also read my article ‘Winter Warming Family Activities.”

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And guess what? I’ve got  2 adults and 2 child super pass tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader to attend the festival opening on Saturday 2 July. This is what the tickets will give you:

  • Snow play session the snow pit
  • Bucket of snow for snow ball toss
  • Unlimited slide rides
  • Snowfall forest
  • Giant snow globe
  • Snow village
  • Superhero training circuit
  • Little Shredders snowboarding come’n’try
  • LEGO play
  • An art activity
  • Live performances
  • 1-2 workshops
  • BONUS! 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks (Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey, Koala Conservation Centre & Churchill Island Heritage Farm) valid until Dec 25, 2016

Pretty awesome huh? To win, all you have to do is tell me what your favourite thing about Winter is in the comments below.

And a bit of boring (but important) stuff: Entries close 9am Friday 24 June. Winner to be announced shortly following that time. You must be available to attend the festival on Saturday 2 July, snow pit session time will be allocated when the winner’s tickets are processed based on availability. This is a game of skill and the winner will be chosen by me!

Good luck everyone!

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Singin In The Rain- Melbourne

Please note: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Nuffnang. As always, all words and opinions are my own. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t tell you did!

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview screening of the musical stage production Singin In The Rain which is currently showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. A night out without any kids? Count me in! I hadn’t been to the theatre in years so gratefully accepted and invited along a good friend of mine who I knew was also in need of a fun night out.

We dolled up (any excuse to put on a pretty dress) and headed into town excited to see the show. After a discussion over dinner we realised that we both knew the song ‘Singin In The Rain’ (who doesn’t) but didn’t actually know the story behind the show. Some quick research on our phones told us that it tells the story of the first Hollywood musical movie in a time when it was all about silent films. It promised to be charming, romantic and funny. The show has received great praise from both critics and audiences and honestly, it did not disappoint….

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Adam Garcia is fantastic in the lead role of Don Lockwood and he is joined on stage by some equally amazing co-stars; Gretel Scarlett, Jack Chambers and Erika Heynatz just to name a few. They all make it look so easy; the dancing, the singing, the acting. I found myself really drawn into the story and the characters. There was quite a bit of laughing and lots of clapping; even a standing ovation from the audience at the end. My favourite part of the performance was definitely the rain scenes. There is 12,000 litres of water used throughout the show to create the rain scenes and it’s pretty spectacular. We had to giggle at the people sitting in the front three rows (aka- the splash zone) who were provided with waterproof ponchos to protect them from getting wet as the performers danced and splashed on stage. Fun!

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 The sets and the costumes were pretty amazing too…

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We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the show. If you’re thinking about going or get the chance to, I highly recommend it. Singin In The Rain is now showing in Melbourne until early July when it will move on to Sydney, followed by shows in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. To find out more about the show, performance dates and to purchase tickets head here.

Have you been to the theatre lately? Do you love a good musical? Do you now have the song ‘Singin In The Rain’ stuck in your head like I do?

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Reading Lately

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I really enjoy reading and have been making more time to do it lately, even if it’s only a few pages before bedtime. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately:

The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop: Set in 1963 this is the fictional story of Charlotte and Henry,  a married couple who move from their home in England to the other side of the world; Australia. Charlotte struggles with settling in her new home, with being a mother and the daily repetition it brings. I can’t go too much into it without giving the ending away but I have to say this book left me which a great feeling of unease. Sometimes I could relate to Charlotte but other times she seemed so foreign to me that I just couldn’t connect. Either way, the book was very well written and kept me interested until the end.

The Sun in Her Eyes by Paige Toon: If you’ve  never read a Paige Toon book I can sum them up for you in two words ‘chick lit’ and I don’t mind a bit of chick lit every now and then. The Sun in Her Eyes is told from the point of view of Amber, a woman in her early thirties who has left her husband behind in London to come to Australia and help care for her Father after he suffered a recent stroke. An old flame is rekindled leaving Amber questioning her marriage and her future. It’s an easy read, has a few little twists and overall I enjoyed it as a book I didn’t have to think too hard about.

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan: I loved this one! I actually read the whole thing in one day because I literally couldn’t put it down. The blurb grabbed me from the beginning: ‘To everyone who knows her now Zoe Maisey- child genius, musical sensation- is perfect. Yet several years ago Zoe caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time, and now she’s free. Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life. By midnight, her mother is dead.’ This book has lots of little twists and turns and has you guessing until the end.

What have you been reading lately? Any good book recommendations?

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas (and a giveaway!)- Fast Five Friday

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Mothers Day is just two weeks away (really!) and if you’re after some ideas for what to buy your mum I’ve got you covered with my top five gift ideas. This also doubles as my own wish list so if anyone talks to my husband point him in this direction!

1Peter Alexander pyjamas: If you haven’t owned a pair of Peter Alexander PJ’s then you just haven’t lived! Check out their new mother’s day collection here. Best thing is you can order online and have them delivered straight to your Mum!

2. Movie tickets: Spoil your Mum with a trip to Gold Class to see the new movie Mother’s Day. I’m looking forward to seeing this!

3. Uberkate: makes the most amazing personalised jewellery pieces. The Ubercircles are a beautiful idea for Mum. Just make sure you get in quick so your order arrives in time for Mothers Day.

4. Beautiful Linen: I have a bit of an obsession with pillows and quilts and throw rugs…is it just me? No? Great then head to Adairs for all the pretty things!

5. Books: I don’t think you can go wrong with books…give me all the books! Check out Goodreads for some great suggestions. I’m also giving away a copy of a book by one of my favourite authors Jodi Picoult on the Sarahdipity Facebook page. Head over and leave a comment on the pinned post at the top of the page to enter.

What’s on your wish list for Mothers Day?

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Classic movies to watch with your kids- Fast Five Friday

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One thing I really love to do with my four year old son is rediscover movies I loved as a kid. We watch them together and I’m always surprised by how much of them I remember; they always take me right back to my childhood . Here’s five of my faves we’ve watched together and he’s loved:

The Wizard of Oz: (1939) You just can’t beat it. When I was little I would always skip the part where the twister came because it scared the bejeebers out of me! So yeah, I did the same when I watched it with my son (no shame in that). I totally remembered all the words to the songs too and had them stuck in my head for weeks afterwards! “We’re off to see the wizard….”

E.T: (1982) I just knew the lil man would love this one; especially the part where the bike flies at the end (he thought that was “super cool”). He also couldn’t stop laughing at the part where ET accidentally gets himself drunk hmm.

Mary Poppins: (1964) One of my absolute favourites as a child. I was a little let down by the graphics rewatching it as an adult…I don’t remember the background when Mary is dancing on the rooftops with the chimney sweeper looking so fake lol. I guess everything just seems more amazing when you’re a kid.

The NeverEnding Story: (1984) I totally wanted a headpiece like the ‘Childlike Empress’ and a dragon just like Falkor when I was a kid. Seriously, the NeverEnding has all the elements needed for a childhood favourite; fantasy, mystery, action and dragons!

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: (1971) I actually wasn’t sure if my son would like this one but he did. We watched it on repeat for a few days. His favourite part was the same as mine as a child- where the bed dives under the ocean. I was surprised when I watched this again to find it had some quite adult themes in it- the war, Hitler, witchcraft etc, I don’t remember any of that…it probably just went straight over my head when I was a kid as I’m sure it did with my boy.

What were your favourite movies when you were a kid? Have you rewatched them with your own children? Were they as good as you remember them?

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