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

Wynnum foreshore

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 […]

Family Holiday: Club Med Japan

Club Med Kabila, Japan

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. […]

An Iron

DHOBI GHAT Chennai India

There’s something satisfying about watching clothes sway as they dry in the sunshine. Same at home. Same in India. I walked past the rows of rainbow clothes and listened to the slap-slapping of wet cloth against concrete. Shirtless men soaked and flogged material against open-air concrete wash pens; one flashed a bright smile and waved when he noticed our […]

A Mural

School in Chennai - World Vision

Don’t underestimate the power of art as inspiration. This is something I learned when visiting several educational facilities in India. The head mistress of one government school of 255 students (grade 6-10) in Chennai said one of the best things to come out of World Vision partnership with the school is the bright murals that decorate the […]

A Person’s A Person

A person's a person, no matter how small

Recently I wrote about an inspiring group of women recent who are fighting for a better future for their children.  You can read more about their story here. World Vision’s work in this area helped this group of women break out of the cycle of debt, leading to financial independence. Another way World Vision assists in this […]

The EKKA 2016

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One of the things I was looking forward to this year (after moving from a year in New Zealand back to Brisbane) was The Ekka. The Ekka is short for the word exhibition in Brisbane Exhibition, and we don’t think of it as anything else! I have extremely fond memories of attending The Ekka as a child with my […]

A Fight

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It was an honour to meet these courageous mothers who are fighting for a better future for their children. And it is a fight – FIGHT – for these women, with so many odds against them. I could feel beads of sweat forming on my skin in the heat of the day, and was glad I […]

A Cow

Milk society 

It was still light; the sky was deepening into dusk. Cow bellows interrupted the quiet vibe of village life; a few pushbikes lined the streets; spots of colourful saris painted the countryside. I like to watch their faces. It’s a good way for me to get a feel for what they are saying, even though I can’t understand the […]

A School Garden

Panchayat Union Primary School

“I love them. I just love them,” I said to Deb from Learn With Play at Home of the children as we left a primary school in the Pudukottai region in India. And I do. I think once you become a parent, you have this desire for the wellbeing of all children around the world and that is […]

Left Part of My Heart in India

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I pulled out these scarves from the drawer today. I bought them from India 4 year ago when I went on a blog ambassador trip with World Vision to tell stories of the work there. I looked at the colours for a moment, and remembered the vibrance of India. Then I gleefully arranged the scarves on […]

Finding Dory – The Reef in Real Life

Heart Reef

I looked across to my daughter and gave her thumbs up and a smile before turning back to enjoy the view out the window. The shades of blue were astounding. My daughter and I were on Qantas press trip, and our quest was to explore the reef that inspired the hit film Finding Nemo and […]

Travel First Aid Kit Essentials

camping first aid kit

When we travel, I like to make up my own mini travel first aid kit because I find there are a lot of things I don’t use in the standard kits you can buy. We are going away camping on a long weekend, and we don’t need an extensive first aid kit because it’s not a long […]

Doing a Family Holiday This Year?

Travel Journal

Are you doing travelling or holidaying as a family this year?  I found a gorgeous, gorgeous product for you! This Travel Journal from Caravanning With Kids is a wonderful way to document family travels. You can do things like a daily journal, add photos or draw pictures; it’s something both adults and kids can enjoy doing […]