Hobbiton Review

hobbiton movie set matamata

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Expedia Travelling and experiencing adventures together is high on the priority list for our family.  We recently visited the Hobbiton Movie Set (a place on our bucket list) and I’m sharing a comprehensive review over on the Expedia Out There blog. In my Hobbiton article, I cover the topics I would want […]

International Sea Change

New Zealand Sea Change

We moved from Australia to New Zealand in January for one year. It’s a big move for a family of six for a short period of time. During all the packing, organising, moving and resettling (including kids crying and missing home), there were times I thought we must be mad. Crazy!  I looked at my […]

Model for a Day

Kelly Burstow

The day before I went to Dubai (last December), I flew from Brisbane to Sydney a Mother & Baby Australia Magazine photoshoot. I remember reading the magazine when I was pregnant with my kids, and it’s a rather strange (and a bit awesome) being featured inside.  This year I’m pleased to be one of Mother & Baby’s […]

Plane Travel: Backpack for Kids

What to take in a kids backpack when travelling

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Expedia I love the idea of exploring the world with my kids, and in the past few years, it’s become a reality. Sharing posts like this gets me excited about all our adventures to come!  When we travel overseas, my kids have their own dedicated backpack with items that make travelling comfortable and fun. We […]

A Child-Sized City, Run by Kids: KidZania in Dubai

KidZania - Dubai - a child-sized city run by kids, for kids

I adore the concept behind the edutainment (entertainment and education) facility KidZania, because it’s about harnessing what children do naturally: role-playing. I know my children would be fully engrossed in this place. Not just entertained, but engaged. And that is why I wanted to write an entire post about it.  What is Kidzania? Essentially, KidZania […]

10 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Road Trip

Road Trip Games

Road Trips. Driving holidays. Four-wheel-drive adventures. Exploring days. We do it all as much as we can as a family.  There is huge list of (non-tech) ways to entertain kids here, and if you’re looking for the top 10 games to play on a road trip, below are the winners! Image used with permission from Party […]

Travel: Family Fun on a Stop Over in Dubai

Dubai - sea, snow and desert

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Expedia  It’s been a month since I was in Dubai and I’m still processing (and writing about) the amazing things I saw and experienced.  Today I’m over at the Expedia – The Out There Starts Here blog sharing ways to create fun memories on a 2-3 day stop over in Dubai. I’ve broken it […]

Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Shower

I appreciate good design. I look for it. And I store ideas in a little drawer in my mind. Dubai was filled with good design, but not many of the ideas went into my mind file because so much of it was beyond the every day. I think that is part of the point of Dubai: it’s opulent, exciting […]

CRAZY Slide at Aquaventure Waterpark: Dubai

Aquaventure Waterpark - Dubai -

I was looking forward to visiting Atlantis Aquaventure. It’s the largest waterpark in Dubai with over 42 acres of fun! My kids LOVE the water and I wanted to check out the slides with my kids in mind. Atlantis The Palm Resort and the adjacent Aquaventure Waterpark are located on the artificial (and rather incredible) […]

To Jumpsuit (or not)

Dubai Grafitti Wall

It was on a discount rack.  I liked the pattern.  So I tried it on and it fit well.  Still, I wondered if I could get away with a jumpsuit. Since I needed a few outfits for my trip to Dubai, I shook off my hesitations and threw it in my suitcase.    Turned out to be […]

All I Want for Christmas: Somewhere Safe to Play

The kids said they wanted somewhere place to stay. - Playground in Raipur

It’s around this festive period, when there is an abundance of joy and excitement, that I often think about places I’ve visited and the need there.  I want to tell you about a playground.  A colourful and happy playground in a group of dense slums in Raipur, the capital of the state Chhattisgarh, located in the […]

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 […]

Take a Peek inside my Hotel in Dubai

The Address Downtown - Dubai

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 Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall – it’s a […]

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 […]