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.

I’ll take this bag for you

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My husband ran back to the car for something we forgot. I waited with the kids on a grassy section, coffee in hand. One arm was draped with towels; the other was used as a hook for bags of snorkelling gear. We were ready to hit the beach. Various children had towels over the necks […]

Backyard Obstacle Course Ideas

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If you’re looking for an activity for this last stretch of the school holidays, I put together an obstacle course for a HBF Play Report publication focusing on active, healthy kids. It’s jam packed full of heaps of good ideas, recipe and activities from various of health experts, writers and bloggers. Just click the image below […]

How Cities Work by James Gulliver Hancock

How Cities Work by James Gulliver Hancock

Lonely Planet Kids sent me a copy of the new picture book called How Cities Work by James Gulliver Hancock. It’s gorgeous! Like the title suggests, it’s a book about how cities work, from how they form, transport options, construction, living spaces, services, the structures under the ground and above the ground, and even futuristic cities. The […]

An Education

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Now 2016 has closed its doors, I’m recapping the three month running challenge I did during the year. In the weeks after I returned back from my trip to India with World Vision in July, endurance runner Samantha Gash started an epic Run India journey across the country to raise awareness for educational projects in India. I […]

Explore Your City Like a Tourist

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We’ve lived in many different places in Australia over the years. People often comment along these lines to us: You’ve seen more of our city in the one year you’ve been here than we have since living here our whole lives! Exploring new places has become a significant part of our family identity and culture. I think one of the […]

Got Your Back

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It was like the midday sun had teeth, the way it bit into my skin. We huddled, my ones and I, under an awning, willing for shade to cover us as we waited for a bus. One daughter asked if I would braid her hair while we waited, pulling a brush from her backpack. I […]

Erupting Volcano

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Guest Post by McKenzie’s Volcanos are fascinating. There are about 1,500 active volcanoes in the world, and about 500 have erupted in the historical timeline. The school holidays provide time for slow days where you can watch YouTube documentaries about the world, read books at the library and do creative projects. You can even do themed days and […]

Miss Goody Two-Shoes

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1888 Goody Two Shoes Cover My pre-teen daughter asks interesting questions in our numerous chats.  Like one time when she asked, in relation to future special relationships, “What if you like someone, and they like you, but you know they aren’t good for you.” It’s a very good question; a very, very good question. That is […]

Top 10 Christmas Music Titles for 2016

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The Christmas music came out when I put up the Christmas tree with the kids mid November. Now that December has ticked over, it’s okay to play Christmas music anywhere and everywhere. If you’re curious about the most popular streamed songs this year, Spotify analysed over 16 million Christmas playlists around and below are the […]

Family Holiday: Club Med Japan

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This is a Review Post I’m an advocate for planned family holidays of all kinds. Holidays added so much value to my own childhood, thanks to my parents, and now I want to gift those memories to my own children. Our family has invested in many different holidays over the years, from camping to resorts; hotels to cabins. […]

Gift Ideas: Stocking Filler

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Sweet small ideas that can be a stand alone gift or something for the stocking. a Train Set in a Tin yellowoctopus.com.au Train set in a tin to take anywhere b Swimming Cap Fish or Shark top3.com.au A bit of fun for swim time. c Gold Robot Pen sbg.com.au Novel robot pen d Elastics Game […]

Gift Ideas: Family

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If you’re looking for a gift for the entire family, below are some fun ideas. a Ugly Xmas Rashie kozii.com Start a Christmas tradition! Buy an ‘ugly xmas rashie’ for the entire family b Personalised Christmas Wheelie Bin Sticker hippoblue.com.au Personalise your very own cricket wicket sticker for the wheelie bin c Play Pouch playpouch.com.au […]

Gift Ideas: Him

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Gift ideas for him that are a little out of the ordinary.  a Living Keyring uberkate.com.au Personally engrave this sterling silver key rings with special dates or names! b BaconSmith Bacon Making Kit brewsmith.com.au Because Bacon. c Memobottle thedesigngiftshop.com This is so cool! A slimline water bottle that will t in his briefcase! Comes in […]