Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Little Engine That Could – A Review and A Giveaway

You remember the story, The Little Engine That Could. “I think I can, I think I can.”

The DVD movie of the same title has been released today and I have been watching it with my three year old for a month. He loves it. In our house it is called “the train movie” and it is requested often.
Little Engine is a young and small engine that believes she is too small to ever pull a load as she is “just a shunter”. Rusty, an older, wiser engine gives her some advice: “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. Either way, you’re right”.
Rusty and Little Engine live in Dreamland, where trains deliver wishes and dreams to the real world. They travel through a tunnel and through a portal into the real world and back. One day, Rusty makes a mistake that lets a real boy into dreamland causing the tunnel between the worlds to collapse. This causes all sorts of commotion and a demotion for Rusty.
Little Engine thinks there might be another way to get the real boy back to the real world and save Dreamland. Everyone is too busy to listen to her so she embarks on the journey herself, taking the real boy with her.
On their journey, Little Engine, the real boy and some friends they make along the way, meet the nightmare train. This part can be a little bit scary for younger children and my three year old does not like the “naughty train” at all but it doesn’t ruin his enjoyment of the movie.
This is a beautiful movie. The colours are vibrant and the message familiar and important. I also like that there aren’t too many songs in it. I have seen this movie at least fifteen times now and unlike other kids movies, it hasn’t driven me insane.
I can highly recommend this movie to families with young children under ten.
The Little Engine That Could has an RRP of $24.95
But you could win one of three copies right here.
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* You can earn an extra entry if you tweet this:
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* It would be nice if you were following me over there on google friend connect too but it’s not a deal breaker.
Winner will be drawn by on Wednesday 13th July
DVD can only be posted to Australia. Sorry.
Edit: Wednesday 13th July:


I have emailed the winners and will get Universal to send out the DVD.


Dear Millar. 3 years, 3 months

You are so independent. You always have been but that independent streak is getting stronger. Somebody coined the term “threenager” and I can really relate to that word when you scoff and slam your door when I tell you off. You argue with me about how things are said, where things go and how things are. Sometimes it is incredibly frustrating, but I love you for it.

You love to sing. I love how you sing along with the TV and I love how you sing songs to your sister and you love to make her laugh.

I love you

Bloggaroke and Other City Adventures

Saturday night, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

1. A group of Melbourne bloggers in a tiny room with two microphones

Alli, Nathalie, Carly, Fiona, Norlin, Amanda and Dorothy
see how small the room is? There were twice this many bloggers in there.
It was intimate.

2. A temperamental karaoke machine with Chinese as it’s default language responding only to the jabs of a chopstick.

Tina jabs the karaoke machine

3. Music videos made especially for karaoke, featuring blonde women smiling and dancing while the wind whips through their hair in soft focus completely at odds with the tone of the song.

4. Sparkling wine and spring rolls.

5. Drawing the names for the winners of our prize hampers donated by Lindt, Soup and Nuffnang.

so much chocolate. Thanks Lindt
Photo by Mastiff Maiden
Nivea Luxury thanks to Soup
Photo by Dorothy 

$$50 Coles Myer card
thanks to Nuffnang

6. Impromptu after party held at a seedy club with a pole.

Tina and Amanda try pole dancing
This is one of the tamer photos of their pole fun.

7. Spending way too long looking for my car and thinking it was towed or stolen because we were looking in the wrong part of Lonsdale street.

8. Spending way too long stuck in traffic because they decided to close the Westgate bridge an not tell me. (Westgate bridge needs a twitter account btw.)

9. Getting home 2 hours before I have to get up.

10. Uploading the photos on Sunday and falling in love with Saturday night all over again.

11. Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the eating, drinking and loud singing parts of Saturday Night, not the pole dancing, car losing or traffic woes. Mwah, Mwah and Mwah.

If you were at Bloggaroke and have written a post about it, please link up below.