<![CDATA[Best Life Mandurah - Blog]]>Wed, 02 Mar 2016 10:13:51 +0800Weebly<![CDATA[Free Events in March]]>Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:06:38 GMThttp://bestlifemandurah.weebly.com/blog/free-events-in-marchThere are a few free events (unless you love a good market stall as much as me) in March to take advantage of without having to spend unnecessarily. Below are some that I am aware about. If you know of any others please comment below so we can all get out and about while the sun is still shining!

Smart St Markets – 9am – 2pm
Market stalls, buskers


Mandjar Markets – 9am – 4pm
Market stall, buskers/bands, entertainers, rides

4 March
Summer Movie Nights – Oddball (G) 6pm – 9pm Masonic Lodge, Furnissdale

5 March
Sundowner Concert – Our Generation – Mandurah Ocean Marina – 4pm – 7pm

6 March

Austin Lakes Local & General Markets – 9am – 1pm - busker, children’s games, food vans and markets
Family Fun Day – Red Lion on the River – 12pm
Hippo & the Pear 1st birthday open day (I fear this will be far from free for me!)

12 March

Summer Movie Nights – Minions (PG) 5pm – 9pm Adventurescape, Inlet Blvd, South Yunderup

19 & 20 March

Channel  7 Mandurah Crab Fest
Art displays (sand sculpture workshop, wearable art, and more), performances, market stalls and more.
<![CDATA[I'll watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Sisters again. And again.]]>Tue, 23 Feb 2016 03:07:48 GMThttp://bestlifemandurah.weebly.com/blog/ill-watch-tina-fey-and-amy-poehler-in-sisters-again-and-againLast night a few friends and I had that magical unicorn experience where we were all actually free on the same night! We took ourselves off for happy hour cocktails at the Stage Door (5-6pm everyday) and to the cinemas to watch Sisters. We laughed till we cried. Mostly at how depressingly accurate the start of the party scene was. More on that later.

It got me thinking of a recent article I read on Mama Mia - "We'll watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler do anything, except star in this movie." Aside from the fact the author obviously did watch the movie it got me thinking - just because we're smart doesn't mean we can't act stupid (to paraphrase Mud from Camp Nowhere).
Was this film marketed as a groundbreaking feminist romp?
Author Laura Brodnik (check out her other, way better articles here) suggests Sisters is a generic gross-out comedy masquerading as a groundbreaking feminist romp. While the movie is far from generic, it certainly would fall into the gross-out category, but I haven't seen any advertising depicting the film as groundbreaking and/or feminist. That is a label put on the film by others who expect Tina and Amy (yes, we're on a first name basis ;) to relentlessly further the plight of woman everywhere to the detriment to any other aspect of their personalities.

I personally breathed a sigh of relief because of this movie. I'm a strong, independent, (somewhat) intelligent woman, and sometimes I like to be completely silly and gross (note to Shane Warne - almost all of us talk about farts and MUCH worse). So while the film was never promoted as feminist I argue that it is, in the sense it validates another aspect of being a woman and encourages us to let our freak flag fly!  

Grab your girl crew, see this move, then buy it on DVD and learn the dance scene with me!

Have you seen Sisters? Comment below.
<![CDATA[Going to the Movies...]]>Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:37:55 GMThttp://bestlifemandurah.weebly.com/blog/going-to-the-moviesBeing poor and loving a good new flick at the cinema do not go well together. Cinemas are notoriously expensive, particularly if you have a family. It is currently $17 for an adult ticket at Reading Cinemas Mandurah which is pretty standard across the board. But if I can save $6 on my monthly cinema trip I will.

Recently I bought the digital version of the Entertainment Book. It was an investment at $65. But it has already saved me $45 at Red Manna and allowed me to buy up to 10 cinemoney tickets for $110. $11 a ticket! That's cheaper than cheap Tuesday!
If you don't want to buy an Entertainment Book there are alternatives. Alcoa Social Club offer discounted cinemoney to employees, or you can buy a book of 10 adult cinemoney from the cinema directly for $125, which still works out cheaper than a child's ticket.

The only disadvantage to the Entertainment Book and Alcoa options is you don't get Reading Cinema points for buying the cinemoney through them. You do for purchasing the books directly through the cinema though.

I used a ticket to go see Sisters. Have you seen a good movie lately? Comment below.
<![CDATA[You Grew Up in Mandurah in the 90s If...]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:23:58 GMThttp://bestlifemandurah.weebly.com/blog/you-grew-up-in-mandurah-in-the-90s-if
  • You went to the Aquatic Centre just for chips at least once. 
  • You knew Torrell Fenton was the best singer in Mandurah and it was just expected she would sing at every major town event.
  • You call the bridge connecting Pinjarra Rd with Mary St the 'Old Bridge' and will continue to do so even after it is rebuilt (you have probably also gone fishing under the Old Bridge too). 
  • ​You bought donuts from Puffin' Fresh well before anyone had heard of Krisy Kreme (even better - my sister worked there for a time and used to bring home a box of leftovers after every shift!).

  • You had to go all the way to Hoyts Rockingham to watch a movie.
  • You had all you can eat Pizza Hut at the now Happy Chinese Barbecue (and probably had a birthday there). 

  • ​You would get discount vouchers from school for the skating rink (and had a birthday there).
  • You have played mini golf where you now go to drink (Murphy's).
  • You once played at the now mildly terrifying Castle Fun Park (you probably had a birthday there too).
Image courtesy of Tom Zaunmayr.
  • You and your friends made yourselves sick on the Tilt-A-Whirl at King's Carnival.
  • You can not count the number of times the eastern end of Mandurah Tce has changed directions (and you remember when it was a two-way street!).
  • You went to the original Brighton and Peninsula hotels (probably with your parents). 
Do you have any pictures to go with the above you would like to share? 
Have I missed any integral Mandurah memories? Comment below :)
<![CDATA[Nom Nom! Sweet Potato - $2.49/kilo!]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:36:12 GMThttp://bestlifemandurah.weebly.com/blog/nom-nom-sweet-potato-249kilo
I LOVE sweet potato fries at the moment! And with these big boys on special at Spud Shed for $2.49/kilo we are living on them! I used about half a kilo today and cooked them up using this method (although I found I had to cook them for about an hour). The niece and nephew were very happy to see theese on the bench after returning from school/work.

I don't have a photo as we hopped into them before I even thought to take a photo - so full disclaimer - below is a stock photo. I do maintain that mine looked just as good :) Enjoy!
Have you seen any other good food specials around town? Comment below.
<![CDATA[30% off Napoleon Christmas Packs]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:56:44 GMThttp://bestlifemandurah.weebly.com/blog/30-of-napoleon-christmas-packs

As previously mentioned - I really like makeup. Living in the Kimberley the last three years meant I rarely had cause to wear it, so I am making up for lost time now!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Chemmart Pinjarra has 30% off their Napoleon Christmas packs. I also earn Chemmart rewards points on all non-prescription purchases AND every time I spend over $60 on Napoleon products the lovely Chelsea marks my Napoleon card and I get something after 10 marks. I literally have no idea what the reward is for getting to 10, but it is always good to be working towards something! :)

There are also Chemmarts at Halls Head, Dawesville, Sholl St and South Yunderup that will offer Chemmart rewards. And hopefully their staff are as lovely as those at the Pinjarra store!

Back to Napoleon; I purchased the Party Ready pack (above right) for $41.30.

It includes a full-size Peep Show Mascara ($19), Lashes ($8.64), Lipstick ($38), and a small tube of their award-winning primer (full size = $49.50). 

Total saving = over $24!!