Date Night – The Sound of Music Musical

It’s not often the kids go away for the weekend and my husband and I head into the city for a date night followed by a sleep in the next morning and then maybe out for and uninterrupted brunch where we can slowly sip our coffee and enjoy at hot meal! Well, last night, we were super thrilled to venture into Melbourne city after dark to see The Sound of Music, musical. We even had time before the show for a cheeky Espresso Martini and express dumplings at Super Normal, a Flinders Lane hotspot I’ve been dying to try!

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I recently re-watched the first half of the original film with Cherry who really seemed to enjoy it and now asks if we can watch it again together. She’s still a bit too young to sit through the production, but we did see quite a few children, a little older than her, there last night.

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My husband and I were super impressed by the clever set design. Even though our seats were towards the back of the theatre, the backdrops looked so vibrant and real! But what was most impressive was the talent on stage. The cast sounded impeccable and so did the accompanying orchestra! We also loved the costumes as they felt classic yet more modernised than in the film.

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The musical’s lyrics are clear to understand and the melodies are extremely uplifting, charming and catchy! The story line is easy to follow and suitable for all ages, although, the dark ending does provoke depressing memories of war times.

There were some well-known Australian actors on stage such as the multi-talented CAMERON DADDO who played the roll of Captain von Trapp, starring alongside MARINA PRIOR in the role of the Baroness Schraeder, LORRAINE BAYLY as Frau Schmidt, JACQUI DARK as Mother Abbess, and joining them in the coveted role of Maria is one of Australia’s newest and most outstanding award-winning musical theatre stars, AMY LEHPAMER.

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The actual story line did differ from the film we recently watched but fit perfectly for a live, on-stage production. I woke up this morning with puffy eyes from all the tears I shed during the moving performance. I wept tears of happiness for the most part and tears of sadness at the end. I highly recommend going along to see this classic and beautiful love story.

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Happy Mothers Day – Girls Day Out With Holden!

I’m feeling extra spoilt this Mother’s Day! This morning I woke a little later than usual with a warm cup of tea, a beautiful handmade card and giggly cuddles from my adoring family! (Follow us on Snapchat for hilarious and very real daily updates! @cherryandme)

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Holden & Kids Business invited a group of us bloggers to test drive a few of their latest models down to the Yarra Valley. Cherry and Me got to know the Holden Captiva very well and our new friends, Linda and Miss C from Family Capers, kept us company and very entertained on the scenic long drive!

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Holdenmums Oakridge Yarra Valley cherryandme.comWe arrived at Oakridge Winery on the most glorious Autumn day!

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Holdenmums Oakridge Yarra Valley cherryandme.comCinderella played with the kiddies while the mummies mingled

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Holdenmums Oakridge Yarra Valley cherryandme.comIncredible views of the Yarra Valley

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Holdenmums Oakridge Yarra Valley cherryandme.comDelicious lunch for us lucky ladies

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Holdenmums Oakridge Yarra Valley cherryandme.comThen off to play in the vineyard and take selfies with some Holdens

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Holdenmums Oakridge Yarra Valley cherryandme.comHome safe and sound. Thank you Holden for a fabulous Girls Day Out! Cannot wait to take another model for a spin soon! #HoldenMums

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How To Make A My Little Pony Cake

Last week we partied in the park for Cherry’s 5th birthday and this week we share how we made that gorgeous My Little Pony cake with a few simple steps!

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Bake your cake layers in advance so they are cooled and ready to stack. We alternated with chocolate and vanilla packet mix cakes

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Cover your cake tray with two overlapping sheets of baking paper. You’ll then be easily able to pull the sheets apart for a neat presentation. You’re welcome!

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Whip store bought butter cream to fluff it up and make a little go a long way

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Sprinkle candies in between the layers for a fun surprise

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Flip the top cake upsidedown for a smooth, flat edge

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Add a few drops of flavour to your butter cream. We used bubble-gum for the purple

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Always spread a thin layer of butter cream to coat those crumbs before your final presentation layer

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Use more than one colour and mix it up!

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We sprinkled surprises through or butter cream for a extra cuteness

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Make chocolate shards to top your cake! They’re easier to make than your think!

Elle’s Crazy Coloured Chocolate Shards
– Melt white chocolate melts in 3 small containers in the microwave
– Add food colouring (oil or powder works best with chocolate)
– Spoon the coloured blobs next to eachother on baking paper
– Use a chopstick to swirl the colours together
– Sprinkle candies, edible confetti, pearls, bananas, eyeballs… whatever you like!
– Cool in fridge for 15 minutes until set
– Smash it up or slice even shards

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Melt equal parts of white chocolate and heavy cream, with a few drops of food dye, to drip yummy ganache all over and help stick your decorations on!

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Take plenty of photos before your cake is devoured by all those little party people!

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Elevate your cake on a cake stand to rise above the rest!

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See Cherry’s Rainbow Surprise Cake here +
Tiger’s Minty Lolly Cake tutorial here

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Cherry Turns 5! Food Truck Picnic Party

Happy birthday Cherry! Here’s how we celebrated her 5th birthday at Hank Marvin Food Truck Market with an awesome picnic and our fabulous homemade My Little Pony cake! Even Elsa and Spiderman from Bluebell Entertainment dropped in for a play!

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Tune in next week to see how we made this My Little Pony Drip Layered Cake! x Elle

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Donut Cookies + WIN a $50 Spotlight Voucher!

We’re been busy baking this week for Cherry’s 5th birthday! Check out these adorable Donut Cookies Cherry and her brother Tiger, made in this short YouTube clip! Plus read on to see how you could WIN a $50 Spotlight Voucher! Think of all the baking supplies you could buy!

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To enter the draw to WIN a $50 Spotlight voucher, simply:
1. Follow @cherry_and_me on Instagram
2. Regram one of our Donut Cookie images
3. Tag @cherry_and_me  #cherryandmegiveaway

Entries close 30/04/16. The winner will be sent a private message and the voucher will be sent in the post. Open to Australian residents only. Good Luck!

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Tune in next week to see more amazingness from Cherry’s birthday/week/month! Happy birthday gorgeous Cherry! Mummy loves you! xox

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National Craft Month + Pompom Hacks with Rachel Burke

There’s something about crafting that makes me feel warm and fuzzy and oh so nostalgic. I was thrilled when Spotlight and Kids Business invited me to their National Craft Month Bloggers Lunch Event last week. Of course I brought my camera along to snap what I saw and I even made a short clip of Rachel Burke, from i make. you wear it blog, demonstrating her amazing pompom hacks. Love!

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