Jimmy Giggle Interview on becoming a dad

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We recently caught up with Jimmy Rees (aka Jimmy Giggle from Giggle & Hoot) and spoke to him on his first thoughts on finding out he’s going to be a dad.

Congratulations to you and Mrs Giggle on the news of a Giggle junior, it’s all very exciting and we know you will make a fantastic dad.

WO4: Do you think Giggle Junior will follow in the footsteps of dad and become a Essendon fan?
JR: For sure, I will be showering him/her with red and black for many birthdays to come.

WO4: Have you got any names picked out yet?
JR: We had a few but we are not to sure on them anymore. If it was left to me it would be decided at the last minute, luckily I have an organised wife! The thinking continues.

WO4: As we are big advocates of the importance of having your little one experience activities from birth, we’d love to know what you have in mind for Giggle Junior’s first classes?
JR: Mum took me to all sorts of different activities when I was a bub so we are keen to continue that. I went to music, swimming and gym to name a few.

WO4: Do you think Hoot and Hootabelle will make great babysitters?
JR: As long as they don’t try and feed the little one worm flavoured milkshakes, EWWWW!

WO4: Have you been learning how to change nappies yet?
JR: Haven’t been to nappy bootcamp yet. I have a 5 month old nephew though so I will have to get some practice in before April.

WO4: Will Giggle Junior make a guest appearance on the show?
JR: That’s a question for the producers, perhaps a segment called, Jimmy Giggle’s nappy bootcamp. haha!!

WO4: Do they make hoot PJ’s that small?
JR: I think they start at size 1, perhaps I could pull a few strings and get some custom made for the lovely costume department at ABC.

WO4: Does Mrs Giggle have any pregnancy cravings as yet? If so what are they?
JR: She has been craving anything with milk, hot chocolates, cereal, or just glasses of milk which she wasn’t to fond of pre pregnancy. She also went through a phase of fried rice early on.

WO4: Are you going to find out if Giggle Junior is a boy or girl?
JR: At this stage we want to find out, yes.

WO4: We can’t wait to see you and your friends on tour around Australia and what’s in store for Giggle & Hoot for 2015.
JR: The tour is an excellent forum for us to get that audience reaction we miss in the studio so we love performing in all the different states. Giggle and Hoot looks like it will continue in the fashion it has done since its birth, continuing to add more bits and pieces to the show expanding where it can and of course MORE SONGS! Hoot Hoot!

WO4: As we are Australia’s number one destination to find out anything and everything for What’s On around Australia for your little one, school kids and kids parties we’d love to help you and Mrs Giggle fully informed of classes, activities, events, mums groups and much more.
JR: Awesome!!

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A day out at the Myer Giftorium

It’s pretty fair to say I love Christmas. So when I was invited along to the Myer Christmas Giftorium I couldn’t have been happier. I loved Christmas growing up as a child and now a mum of three little ones it brings a whole new meaning to this festive time of the year. The official launch celebrations of Giftorium will take place on Saturday 8th November with activities in every Myer store.  These are some of the special treats we had on offer on the launch day.

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Delicious snowflake cupcakes
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These were the yummiest biscuits I’ve ever tasted! and there was home-made lemonade to fill the bottles.
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Elijah 5 weeks slept through the whole morning!

This year Myer has a unique concept with the launch of the Myer Christmas Giftorium in all of its 67 Myer stores nationwide. The idea was developed to bring back fun and theatre to Christmas shopping as well a one-stop place for gift shopping.

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Traditional decorations
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The House & Garden range

There certainly was variety of gift ideas on the day including…

Something for Dapper Dad

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Trendy Young Things

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Miracle Mum

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And even something for the pets!

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Two of my favourites for the kids were the Bonds Christmas range which would be perfect for end of year parties.

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Then there is also the Mr Men and Little Miss personalization range. For the first time in Australia Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane stores will offer the chance to customize a framed poster in two sizes with their name and Mr Men/Little Miss character of their choice.

Mr Men and Little Miss range

SodaStream machines will be popular this year and will be holding demonstrations and tastings in select Myer stores. We are giving away three SodaStream machines at the moment. Enter here.

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This is Archie the 2014 Christmas Bear, RRP19.95  It’s lovely quality and has a weighted bottom and removable jumper.

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Well known vista print will be opening their first /bricks and morter’ retail space in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth Stores. You will be able to select from an array of products including Christmas cards, iphone covers, mouse pads, caps and more with photos and phrases of your choice. You can check out the designs here.

But gifts are not the only thing on offer this year, there’s plenty to see and do as well. There will be in store activities including Santaland, the Christmas Window displays and work with The Salvation Army.

Santaland Store locations
Santaland is in 53 Myer stores nationally.
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NSW & ACT
Sydney (Santaland Express Store), Albury, Belconnen, Blacktown, Eastgardens, Castle Hill, Charlestown, Chatswood, Dubbo, Erina, Macquarie, Miranda, Orange, Parramatta, Penrith, Roselands, Shell Harbour, Warringah, Wagga, Wollongong. Click here for details for the ACT.  Click here for  details for NSW.

TAS
Hobart, Launceston. Click here for details.

QLD
Brisbane & Pacific Fair (Santaland Express Stores), Brookside, Carindale, Indooroopilly, Loganholme, Maroochydore, Mount Gravatt, North Lakes, Toowoomba. Click here for details.

VIC
Melbourne (Santaland Express Store), Ballarat, Bendigo, Chadstone, Doncaster, Eastland, Fountain Gate, Frankston, Geelong, Highpoint, Knox City, Northland, Southland. Click here for details.

SA
Adelaide (Santaland Express Store), Marion, Tea Tree Plaza. Click here for details.

WA
Perth (Santaland Express Store), Carousel, Garden City, Karrinyup, Joondalup. Click here for details.

Don’t forget to book your visit with Santa online at Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Pacific Fair, Adelaide and Hobart stores (starting Nov 8th). It’s really easy and you can secure your exclusive 15 minute session with Santa. Photo packages start from $26.50. Click here for more details here.

Of course there will be a gift wrapping service and also a Christmas gift registry, perfect for families who have loved ones spread across Australia who would like to buy the kids a gift (no doubling up either!).

What’s On…

Melbourne: On the 8th of November Jennifer Hawkins will unveil the world famous Myer Animated Christmas windows in Melbourne, followed by a performance from the voice winner Harrison Craig at the arrival of Santa. More details here.

Vision Australia’s Carol’s by candlelight, presented by Myer on Wednesday 24th December.

Sydney: Guy Sebastian will perform at Myer City Centre to help launch the Myer Giftorium. Click here for more details.

On Sunday the 14th of December Guy Sebastian will present the Myer Carols in the City.

Brisbane: The Myer Brisbane Parade & Pantomime will be between Friday 12 and Sunday 21 December Performers to be announced.

Perth: Performers to be announced.

Adelaide: Performers to be announced.

Hobart: The Myer Christmas Pageant will be held on Saturday 15th November.

For more details visit www.myer.com.au