Frozen Holiday Treat

We had such a hoot visiting Frozen at Melbourne’s new Emporium in the CBD. What is there not to like about a serve yourself frozen yogurt mecca, with toppings that will blow your mind. It was like being a kid in a candy store. Yep, we were 5 kids and 2 adults making choices about berry yogurt, soy mango, almond and vanilla and chocolate. And then we had to line up at add all the toppings – lollies, chocolate, macaroon lolly pops and then you could add nuts, chia seeds, or pomegranate pearls.

 The presentation was clean, streamlined and oh so pretty. I liked minimal presentation, the warmth of wood, polished concrete floors, some retro light fittings and a young Asian dude weighing our cups of yogurt treasures. Yes you pay by weight – so there was much parental guidance in the self serving!

I imagine you could create your very own Frozen bar at home. Invite some friends over for dinner and have a party creating amazing treats for everyone. Note the American jelly beans and large chunks of Turkish Delight in this cup. Hhhmmmm. Enjoy xx

Let it Go

Challenge of the week. As a family attempt to sing along to “Let it Go” from the Oscar winning Frozen. As we scrambled to get ready for work and school this week we had it playing on the stereo and suddenly there were people (my family) singing whole heartedly to this BIG song. It demands that you swan about, gesture and sing with gusto. Singing is good for the soul, it helps breathing and gives you an instant adrenalin hit. We were all smiling afterwards. The challenge is worth it. Here are the lyrics you can print out and a link to the music. No excuses. Give it a go. Let it go.

“Let It Go”

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the Queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone

Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway


The week before Christmas I watched an advanced screening of Frozen in a Melbourne cinema with my two youngest girls. We were the only people there and my children were a little spooked.
But we are in Melbourne? Where are all the people? 
Our local country cinema is a quaint, purpose built space that I guess seats just over a hundred patrons so both girls had expected crowds to be lining up to see the much anticipated film. But once the film started we forgot that we were the only ones there because we were all transfixed.

I don’t think I have enjoyed an animated film so much in years. The story is an epic tale of optimism and misunderstanding, secrets, love and forgiveness. Anna is a brave, smart young girl who seeks the help of mountain man Kristoff, to help her find her sister Elsa. Elsa has icy powers that have entrapped the entire kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter – a winter that must end if Anna is to save her home and to rescue her sister.

TheWalt Disney film has been awarded a 2014 Oscar for Best AnimatedFeature and Best Song for “Let it Go”. Our home is full of the Frozen soundtrack, so don’t be surprised if you spontaneously burst into song after visiting with this film and its amazing musical score. I know this frozen tale is going to live with our family for quite sometime. It is special.