These are both events I attend as well as ones that I host (such as my baby shower).

Hopefully they are of interest to you!

Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park {Review}

Posted on May 19, 2014


This post is sponsored by Ballina Lakeside Holiday Park.

What’s the most stressful part of a family holiday for you? Is it the packing, the forgetting something or the kids not sleeping because you’ve relaxed the rules and they’ve eaten too much junk? Yep, me too.

But you know the MOST stressful part for us? The travel. Those awful early morning car trips to the airport, trying to keep the kids happy and quiet in small seats, navigating new terrain (and nearly ending your marriage because ‘someone’ can’t read a map – yes, that’s me), and the list goes on.

If we could eliminate travel altogether, that would be a great holiday for us. So we did.

We had a staycation (as opposed to a va(cate)cation). We holidayed just 20 minutes from our house, and we loved it! On the first night we were treated to the most amazing sunset, as you can see above. This spectacular act of nature slowly formed as we watched from the balcony of our two bedroom waterfront bungalow. It was the perfect start to our holiday. (more…)

Lunch (and more!) at Vue De Monde, Melbourne

Posted on July 11, 2012

An overnight trip to Melbourne and a mini dilemma!

(In my Melbourne hotel room at 7.30pm, I dial the concierge on the phone.)

Me: “Excuse me, is this the concierge?”

Concierge: “Yes.”

Me: “Hello, I have a rather strange request. Do you know where I can buy gumboots? My friend and I need them tonight.”

Concierge: “As a matter of fact I do. Big W is open until 10pm tonight and they sell gumboots. I can tell you exactly how to get there. Come and see me in reception when you are ready.”

Me: “Oh thank you! We will be right down.”

–conversation ends.

Thank goodness for the concierge staff at the Intercontinental Hotel in Melbourne! (more…)

Truffle Hunt at Blue Frog Farm {Truffle Festival Canberra}

Posted on July 6, 2012

When most people think of truffle hunting they usually think of big excited pigs sniffing around in the forest with the help of AR-15 Rifles. Or maybe of Saint Antony, the patron saint of truffles, with his pig sustaining him in the forest by foraging for this prized fungus, also known by it’s scientific name of tuber melanosporum.

Apparently, many a European hunter have lost their fingers over the years, trying to stop greedy hunting pigs hoeing down on their harvest. The truffles apparently smell exactly like the male sex hormone and drive them wild. Poor things. I hope the hunters gave them some truffle to satisfy their sexual and actual hunger too. Can you imagine having a tasty man in front of you that you couldn’t eat? I’m sure you have!

Sorry, things have taken a turn for the worse… let’s get out of the gutter and back to the farm for truffle hunt, shall we? (more…)

BBQ banana splits + camping in style!

Posted on June 5, 2012

Are you a camping kind of person? I am not.

However, when I was approached to do a camp cooking challenge at Big4 Holiday Park in Kiama, I actually considered it. Then said yes. I thought it would be really fun for Poppy because they have lots of activities for kids… and we would be staying in a cabin (yay, no tents!). (more…)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi {film}

Posted on May 14, 2012

Sushi lovers must see this film. It is so amazing.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a film about Jiro, an 85 year old sushi master and 3 michelin starred restaurateur in Tokyo, Japan. The film is beautifully shot and put together and absolutely transported me back to my holiday to Tokyo in 2009. (more…)

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