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 […]

Dubai Safari

Dubai Safari

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 across the sky like ink leaking through a paper […]

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

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 kids to do here! Before I go into more […]

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. […]

Getting Ready for Dubai

Packing Tips - Dubai

I caught up with a friend recently. This friend of mine has travelled extensively all around the world.  “Oh, I love the United Emirates!” she said when I told her about my upcoming trip to Dubai. I can’t quite believe I’m heading there myself! If you missed the first post in this series, you can […]

A Fav Spot

The Buzzstop Espresso Bar Samford, Brisbane

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Piazza D’Oro (S1 Post) I set myself a challenge to visit many different Piazza D’Oro coffee shops in my region, coinciding with the Barista of the Year competition, just as something fun for myself. I do this sort of thing from time to time: invest in little joys here and there. You can […]

For the Love of Coffee

for the love of coffee

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Piazza D’Oro (S1 Post) Back in September, I wrote a post about the Piazza D’Oro Barista of the Year competition, and the finalists have been announced. Congratulations to: New South Wales Apryl Curtin from Bar 2101 Jan Duan from Coffee Fest Marius Beullens from Margot Espresso Victoria Wael Bou Karroum from Station […]

Travel With Me to Dubai!

Visiting Dubai

I launched my new website design yesterday, and one of the changes I made was to add a Travel section on the blog. Personal and family travel has become important to me now my kids are older, and I am looking to feature more places and adventures in the upcoming years. The exciting news is […]

Making the Most of Special Family Experiences

Whale Watching

Brought to you by Tourism & Events Queensland (S1 post) Making the Most of Special Family Experiences  I’ve discovered one of the best ways to engage my kids in learning is to make it about connection. There is something beautiful about natural curiosity and capitalising on experience.  With this in mind, when I prepare for […]