Rio 2 Review and GIVEAWAY


It’s all about the songs. It’s always about the songs. My daughter got into Rio 1 so much because of its songs and it’s the same with Rio 2.

I must admit I enjoyed watching the second one as much as the first one. The familiar themes of married life go over the heads of children, but not for the parents.

In this movie, Blu once again is shoved into uncomfortable territory – this time he’s in the Amazon with Jewel and his little kiddies. He has to earn the approval of Mr Military father in law and compete with the wife’s former special friend (eventhough he really doesn’t need to). On top of that, Nigel is back to seek revenge on Blu. I admire that evil little critter. He is sinister and hilarious at the same time.


We all know he triumphs in the end. It’s a kid’s movie. He has to.

But with all those dramas going on, it’s the songs that always get my girl (Nigel’s rendition of I will Survive is very amusing). Rio 2 is a fun sequel to the original movie. A good watch for the kids, and adults too.

If you want to buy the digital version for your tablets, you can get it here.

And now for the giveaway, FIVE MummyK readers will each win a Rio 2 package with the following prizes:

Rio 2 on Blu-ray or DVD

Rio 2 Cuddly toy

Rio 2 Beach towel

Rio 2 Character Clip

All you have to do is answer this question (not too long but not too short – juusst right):

What ‘biggest fear’ have you conquered and how? Or what fear have you helped your little one conquer and how?


Australian residents only. Competition ends end of business day 10 October 2014 AEST.









Thanks to everyone for joining!

Can’t judge a marriage by their Facebook photos

There was a time several years ago when I looked at a friend’s Facebook photos with his wife. They were full on loving — kissing, gazing into each other’s eyes. I thought wouldn’t it be great to be this out with affection? I envied them. I thought my own marriage was a small flame compared to their fiery passion.

Months later they broke up in the most horrible and convoluted way possible. The marriage was riddled with constant fights that never made it to social media.

Then I saw another couple I know who went on this huge overseas trip for their 10 year anniversary and plastered it all over Facebook. It was in one of the most romantic countries in the world. A place where I always wanted to go with hubby but couldn’t afford to. The couple was all smiles and loving. So they should be. They made it a decade together! Then months later I find out the wife has been cheating on her husband all those years – with strangers, his mates, his colleagues — and she’s still at it. He still doesn’t know.

Then I looked at my close friends – the ones I personally know have solid marriages. Although they have photos together on social media, it’s not a lot. They don’t flaunt it nor do they overdo the PDAs. I realised you can never tell.

Social media is yet another tool to convince the world that your lie is a truth. It’s just another way to hide your reality while only showing the truth you want perceived by others. Except this time your audience is the world instead of just your neighbours.

The week of snot

Written sometime during the week of snot…I think.

It’s a strange day. A semi mad day.

It’s been a jumble of thoughts and emotions, most not positive. At one point I actually told all my FB friends that I hated everyone. Because at that point I did.

I hated the happy faces, fake or not. I hated the healthy runners. I hated the beautiful people. I hated anyone who was having fun.

Hated them all.

I woke up with a headache even with the long sleep in. That happens when you’ve been sick for several days and taking care of a sick child at the same time. If it were not for the assistance of my lovely hubby, I would have gone even madder.

I’ve been dancing with this cold all winter season. Every now and then it would smack me with a sniffle. But I would thwack it back the next day using a green smoothie and a run around the park.

It worked for a couple of months, even when moments when my snot turned green and I should’ve been on antibiotics. Finally, however, it caught up with me and knocked me down for a couple of days. Knocked me and my daughter down. The bastard.

I have been sick before. But what frustrated me more this time is the compounding events that came before the virus. The cold was really just the freakin’ last straw.

You see, I’m trying to get back on the saddle after letting things go healthwise for a couple of months now. I’ve started running, which miraculously, I found liberating. The Couch to 5K app was a good start and I actually looked forward to the mornings. I’ve memorised the visitors at the local park – from the old man with the old dog, to the old Chinese couple doing Taichi, and the worker who has his coffee and scone before taking his shoes off to stroll around the oval.

Then there’s the resolve to quit sugar (fructose to be exact). I have finished three weeks of it and beginning week four. It hasn’t been all clean. I was good for the first two weeks, even with the occasional headaches. Then the third week saw me crawling in bed snotty and succumbing to the freaking trifle my friend made (the ironic part is that she didn’t even have any because guess what, she’s off sugar too!).

So now I’m on week four, which is much easier to continue than I initially expected. The problem is that by now, I’ve been out of commission for almost a week. I stopped running because my feet hurt. My physio said I needed orthotics…badly. No running for a while until I have the feet support I need.

The weird thing is (and this is probably just a coincidence) that the day I stopped running, the cold caught up with me.

It’s been almost a week but it feels much longer. I feel ick because I haven’t exercised and I haven’t slept much. I’m looking after my little one with on and off fever, which means alert nights for me.

I just baked scones at eleven o’clock at night…in my pyjamas. Why? Because I thought it was a good idea at the time.

It’s been a strange week.

There were some highlights to it though. For one, date night happened. I was high on antibiotics (and didn’t have any alcohol because I’m cutting off my intake) so I had enough energy to go to the city and watch Guardians of the Galaxy at the Gold Cinema with hubby.

It was wonderful — marred only by the occasional paranoia of terrorists in the city (seriously, I’ve never experienced a ‘high alert’ status in my 11 years in this country, it is a bit freaky).

I have it good. I know I have it good. I know she’s going to get better. I know I’m going to get better. I know I’m going to get back to my health routine. I know I’ll perk up again.

But sometimes, you know, you just have to hate everybody…and bake scones at 11pm.

My thoughts don’t count

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The Healthy Mummy GIVEAWAY

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A San Churro Kind of Winter: A Review

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Blogging, Reading, and Writing Oh My

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We just moved houses and the rent has gone nuts. This shouldn’t really surprise me given that Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city. It might have been knocked down from the list of 10 most expensive cities in the world, but it’s still expensive. Well, at least I’m not living in the other more expensive […]

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