I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
School holidays are here and it's good to be prepared for the inevitable "I'm bored" comments which seem to pop up twenty-four hours into the holidays. Fortunately the cold, grey days of winter are a fantastic time to snuggle up with popcorn and hot chocolate, and enjoy a great family movie together. In 2013 there are some real hits on their way, so stock the pantry with goodies, grab the pillows and blankets and settle in for a couple of hours of escapism in the comfort of your own home.
Cirque de Soleil: World's Away - 19 June - G
A movie for everyone
If you haven't been to see a Cirque de Soleil production, then you simply must see this movie. The story tells of a young woman entranced by an aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil they are separated and must travel through fantastical tent worlds in order to find each other again. Full of incredible acrobatics, amazing costumes and fantastic music, Cirque de Soleil is an entrancing spectacle for everyone to enjoy.
GI Joe: Renegades - 19 June - PG
One for the boys!
OK, so not everyone in the family will enjoy this collection, but it's sure to keep the boys happy. With four discs (660 minutes!), the Renegades series of adventures tells the story of a spy mission against Cobra Industries going awry, forcing a group of young G.I. JOEs to hit the road as fugitives. Characters Duke, Scarlett, Roadblock, Tunnel Rat, Ripcord and Snake Eyes must use their wits and elite training to prove their innocence to the world before being caught by the authorities or the sinister Cobra. This is the complete series and is full of exciting, action-packed storytelling and great animation.
ParaNorman - June 27 - PG
This story centres around misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. Norman takes on zombies, ghosts, witches and grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries old curse. A bit of animated fun made by the makers of Coraline, this movie runs for 92 minutes and is also distributed in 3D and has just about the right amount of humour to off-set the gruesome ghoulies. This one might be a bit too scary for the littlies.
Crooked Arrows - June 27 - PG
Feel good teenage movie
In this movie, Joe Logan, played by Brandon Routh from Superman Returns inspires local Native American boys and teaches them the true meaning of tribal pride. Their new found pride assists them in striving towards their goal to reach the state championship finals in Lacrosse against their privileged prep school rivals. At 101 minutes long, this is a feel good movie about believing in yourself more suited to teenagers.
Oz: The Great and Powerful - July 10 - PG
New twist on old tale
Not quite in time for the Queensland school holidays but scraping in for everyone else is this Disney interpretation of the origins of the famous Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks fame and fortune are his to be had. This is until he meets Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, witches who are not convinced of his validity. Drawn unwillingly into the problems facing Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must discover who is good and evil before it is too late. This course of action sets him on the path of transformation into the great wizard, while becoming a better man himself.
Hot chocolate and marshmallows at the ready, settle down for some great viewing during the next school holidays.