Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

Outdoor Christmas Ideas

Outdoor Christmas Table Setting

When I shared this setting last year, people gasped, “How could you take all that glass outside!” and “Oh, I would never do that with kids because they would break everything!” Well, let me tell you, all the tableware, including the clear pieces are ALL plastic, and it all fits in a few tough tubs […]

Book Review: Bully On the Bus

Bully on the Bus Book Review

Kathryn Apel (@KatApel) and I connected on Twitter a couple of years ago.  We tried to work out how we initially found each other there but couldn’t remember!  Just recently, we met in person when we were passing through the same town at the same time.  It was beyond lovely! Here we are! You may recognise the […]

Christmas Wish List Printable (Want-Need-Wear-Read)

Frozen Gifts

Brought to you by Nuffnang and BIG W There’s a BIG W close to where my kids go to school. It’s handy having it there because I can duck in before/after I pick up the kids from school to do a spot of Christmas shopping. One thing I’ve learned about Christmas shopping is I have to make […]

Life-Sized Gingerbread House

Life Size Gingerbread House - j=Jumeirah Hotel - Dubai

Three years ago I made an EPIC mess in the kitchen trying (and failing) to make a gingerbread house. It was so, so, so, so hard. I was frustrated. And I vowed to NEVER AGAIN make one from scratch. Three years on, and I still haven’t. I positioned the camera very carefully to hide some of […]

Thermomix Wraps Recipe

Thermomix Wraps Recipe

  This is a recipe given to me by Kylie.  She’s been tweaking recipes trying to get the perfect wrap and finally she nailed it and is sharing it here! She often fills them with nachos mince and her kids love them. Great for dinner or the lunch box. Ingredients 2 cups of plain flour1/2 teaspoon of […]

Washi Tape Christmas Decorations


Sponsored by 3M   This is the sort of activity that can bring a lot of value to family life. The paper decorations are so simple and easy to make so everyone in the family can get involved in the creation process. Here are ways you can use these decorations: Ideas Turn it into an […]

Take a Peek inside my Hotel in Dubai

The Address Downtown - Dubai

This Bloggerati Getaway is proudly sponsored by Dubai Tourism Sarah Jessica Parker stayed at the same hotel (at the same time). She was in Dubai there launching a new shoe range. The Address Downtown hotel is elegant and gorgeous so I’m not surprised! Located right in the heart of the action – next to the […]

Photo Walk Prompts

Photo Walk Prompts Printable

You can do this anywhere! On a holiday, at a park, in the city or around the streets of your home. It’s a great way to explore and use technology in a fun way. I call it a Photo Walk Treasure Hunt.  Essentially, I map out a short route and the kids and I look for things […]

Dubai Safari

Dubai Safari

This Bloggerati Getaway is proudly sponsored by Dubai Tourism I looked out to an ocean of sand with rippled waves of rolling dunes. Sky and sand: everywhere. The terrain was spotted with the odd scrub or two. On one side of me, I watched the sun slip down, and in its wake, coloured light spread […]

Look Up: Dubai Skyline

Dubai Skyline

When I travel to different places in the world, I look at the skyline. I think you can tell a lot about a place from looking up. I did it in India, and in Laos, and now I’m here in Dubai. In the week I’ve been in Dubai, I’ve experienced so much it’s mind boggling! Last […]

What Families Can Do in Dubai

View from the top of Burj Khalifa

This Bloggerati Getaway is proudly sponsored by Dubai Tourism I hadn’t thought about Dubai as a travel destination for family before.  And yet, I’ve only been in Dubai for two days so far, and I long for my kids to share some of these experience this with me. There are so many cool things for […]

Dubai City Travel Set

Dubai City - kids travel pack

I harnessed some of the great things about Dubai for families in a travel sized paper play set. This set is great for school projects, school holiday play or travel. Simply print the PDF file (either in colour or black and white), cut and fold.  Set contains Burj Khalif Burj Al Arab Camels x 2 […]

Coffee is like a little holiday

coffee winner

Sponsored by Piazza D’Oro and Nuffnang I have been on a bit of a journey of discovery in the last few months, visiting local (and not so local) Piazza D’Oro cafes as part of the 2014 Barista of the Year Campaign. The victor has been decided: Congratulations to Marius Beullens from Margot Espresso in Sydney. […]

How to be Dad, When I’m Hardly There


Guest post by my husband, Matthew   I work…a lot, not out of choice, but necessity. I do love my job, it is mentally challenging, professionally satisfying, and it pays the bills. My wife and 4 children: they have sacrificed much for this career, my career, but not so much as this year. Work this year […]