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Mummy, I need you too

I love girl weekends away. Not just the ones you have with your girlfriends (although that is also very therapeutic). I am talking about with your little girl. The treasured mummy and daughter time. Sometimes we need to take some time out together for some real quality time. One on one trips to the shops, a walk down to the beach or bedtime cuddles are all wonderful. But sometimes, we need those spontaneous getaways to regroup and really nurture our relationship.  Continue reading

blue dolphin resort

Family-versary at Blue Dolphin Resort

Recently Hubby and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in a very unorthodox way. We decided to go on a family-versary. Yes, you read right. A family-versary (a family wedding anniversary), somewhat similar to the familymoon (family honeymoon) we had last year. Don’t get me wrong Hubby and I would love to have and will hopefully one day have a real honeymoon or wedding anniversary with just the two of us, but with a lack of support around and young kids it makes the whole thing a bit tricky so for now instead of fretting about not celebrating the way everyone else does we just improvise and make different kinds of memories.

So for this family getaway I went to Hubby’s bucket list and picked Yamba. It’s only 1.5hrs drive from the beautiful Byron Bay or 2hr from the Gold Coast. Continue reading

20 tips for holidaying in bali

20 Bali Tips

In my previous Bali blogs I covered off on different parts of Bali to live and schooling. I also discussed visas, passports, vaccinations and where to stay. I know I haven’t covered off on flights or travel insurance yet (this is mainly because I have been sharing the journey as I do it and as I haven’t booked flights I haven’t written about it yet). Today I thought I would share with you 20 things I have learnt about Bali since planning for the move that I have found very interesting and helpful. I hope you get something out of it too.  Continue reading

paradise resort review

They don’t call it Paradise Resort for nothing

So recently we did a last minute get away for my birthday. I posted a photo on Facebook and asked our followers to guess where in Australia we were. Listing some clues about the place , I hinted there was a resort which had a water park; a kids club; an ice skating rink; rock climbing; an adults zone and most importantly… cocktails!

For the those of you who guessed, if you guessed Paradise Resort, Gold Coast you are right!

I had heard some mixed reviews about this place including: “it’s heaven for kids but not adults”, “some of the rooms are dated and definitely need a face lift”, “it’s really noisy” and so on. Even with the mixed reviews, it was still on my ‘to visit’ list, so I bit the bullet and booked it.

I am so very glad I did.

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Moving to Bali – Reconnaissance Trip

Moving to Bali? Things to know when planning a Bali reconnaissance trip. We cover what you need to know about passports, vaccinations, visas and of course where to stay…

After our initial planning we decided the next step for us was to do a reconnaissance trip. I had some preconceived ideas about Bali, some positive and some negative and I felt I was unable to commit to the move without doing a ‘test run’. So I started planning a 2.5 week recon trip to visit 3 potential areas we could move to (Seminyak, Sanur and Ubud).

Whether you are going to Bali to live or to visit there are 3 things you might want to consider before even thinking about booking accommodation or jumping on the plane. Continue reading

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Moving to Bali – Initial Planning

Moving house has never fazed me and neither has moving interstate. So when the opportunity came up to move to Bali I was mindful to see if that would be pushing any of my boundaries. We are still in the planning stage and there is a lot to learn and consider, but it’s hasn’t seemed to faze me in the least. There is a lot of research and note taking going on so I thought I’d to share with you my thoughts and findings for two reasons:

  • If I document everything now whilst it’s still fresh I can one day refer back to it if need be
  • It might help you if you ever decided to move to Bali

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The Dreaded Birthday

Does anyone else think that birthdays are overrated?

I’ve been thinking, trying to remember at what point in my life birthdays changed from being one of the best days of the year to one of the worst.

Today, like any other birthday (at least for a while now) started abruptly and I knew within the first 10 minutes it was going to be like any other birthday. Woken before 7am with the demands of my 3 year old “where is this?”, “I can’t find that”, “I am hungry” , “mum, mum, mum…”

And so the dreaded day started. The morning continues with a whirlwind of noise and mess and by 9am I am sitting at the dining room table, looking around at a house that looks like a tornado has just whirled through it and I think to myself  “I just cant do this…”  Continue reading

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What in the world is… World-schooling?

How many types of schooling do you know of?

It’s an unusual and humbling feeling when you realise how much you really just don’t know. When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I spoke about schooling and day care. Back then we were in Sydney and there were 18 month waiting lists to get in the 0-2 yr old baby rooms in the daycare centres. In case you were wondering, yes some people actually had their children’s names down before they conceived! Continue reading

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Life Changing Moments in a Split Second…

It’s funny how things turn out. I am always amazed at how in the blink of an eye everything can change. Your life, the people in your life and your overall perspective on things.

Recently our family went to the river for a bit of a family catch up for a water skiing/ wake-boarding long weekend. A few days before my hubby and I got into a bickering battle. You know the classic husband wife arguments over the typical things like parenting, money, the house, responsibilities, life in general. By the time we set off for our 2.5 hour drive, staying silent seemed like the best way to travel. Like they say ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all’.

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road trip around Australia with kids and what to plan

5 things to do when starting to plan your road trip around Australia with Kids

I remember the days when I would get to the end of the week and call up a girlfriend and it would be “let’s get in the car and go up the coast for the weekend”. Or I’d happily road trip the Great Ocean Road for a week or two, booking last minute accommodation anywhere and everywhere just because we could! Then, finding ourselves arriving in Melbourne City for sight seeing, shopping, partying only to do the long drive home a little worse for wear.