Falling for Falls creek

                   

 I wouldn’t normally be hoping for a freezing September, however  the icy  snap was perfect for our mini ski holiday at Falls Creek!

We were lucky to be invited to join some of the Spring holiday activities by Renault Australia who have sponsored Falls Creek for years.

Approx a 7 hour drive from Sydney but  we cut that down with a sleepover at my Inlaws place in The Southern Highlands the night before . A quick lunch at Gundegai on the way and then hit Falls Creek around 4pm Thurs afternoon. We arrived to a lovely snowflake fall and the kids were so excited as this was their first snow sighting!

We stayed at a sweet little place called Chorkis. A cozy lodge in the heart of Falls and direct access from the slopes to our front door! A modern huge shared kitchen overlooking the mountains was a nice meeting point for guests and kids as well as a play room and open lounge room. Ours was a 2 bedder and I think the kids holiday was complete with a set of bunk beds! 

We woke up to a blanket of snow on Friday! So beautiful out our window! We headed out to The Pass (right near the ski lifts) for coffee and hot chocolates before hiring some gear and exploring the area.

Around the village there are Snow angels, local guides stationed throughout the resort to provide assistance and support the kids ski school.  We also took advantage of the  free shuttle bus which picks up and drops off all around the mountain.  

During peak season the Renault Ski show spectacular is on show every sat night showcasing ski stunts, vehicles and a 3d fireworks display!

The Renault Snowclub was also a huge hit for both mum and kids!  Teaching kids basic ski skills with fun games, food and a visit from Pete the snow Dragon!  As a bonus, mums ski free when kids are enrolled and can also take advantage of a complimentary  coffee in the Mums coffee club! Yep! That will do me!

We cooked dinner at home a few nights and enjoyed eating at these places too..

The Pass- great little hole in the wall located at the Falls Chairlift, serving yummy coffee, pastries, pies etc.. Great for the skiers on the go.

Elk – cozy and rustic with a 360• fireplace for kids to toast marshmallows after dinner. We enjoyed a steak and prawn linguini and simple kids menu for the critters.

Milch– located on the upper tiers of the village and a real locals hub. Kingston and I took the shuttle bus here for a fresh juice and muffin, also great dinner atmosphere + good wine list and meze plates.

Snonuts – iced and cinnamon doughnut institution for the kids (and adults) also serves up spuds, crepes and other yummy treats! 

I would have loved to get a bit more skiing in but was tricky with a 2 year old so husband and I swapped duties with him, until we realized there was a crèche at the bottom of the mountain! Woohoo! 

Such a great last minute holiday! It is a bit of an effort getting all kids rugged up and carrying their skis etc but once you hit the mountain, it’s all worth it! And so is the butterscotch Schnapps at the end of he day! 

Thanks to Renault and Falls creek for making it happen! X b

Kids outfits from Iglo & Indi

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Looking fresh with Laser clinics Australia 

   

Instead of complaining about my sun spots which have been worrying me for years, I decided to do something about it and hit up Laser Clinics Australia for a pigmentation laser treatment.  Perfect timing as they are currently celebrating their 50th Laser Clinic with massive sales across Australia.  

After a quick skin consultation (at the Marrickville clinic), I had my spots zapped (nothing scary) and just felt a little hot in the face for an hour or so afterwards. Nothing a little  ice couldn’t fix.

This treatment brings out the spots to a darker colour at first and sometimes form a little crust which flakes off to reveal a much lighter appearance. I didn’t have any rough skin and with the use of the Skinstitut vitamin C powder and even blend serum my skin felt nourished and started glowing.  I am also now using their 50+ moisturizer daily to protect my skin against further damage. 

So yes, quick, painless, results and ongoing creams to support my skin. Wish I had done this years ago!

Take advantage of the PROTECT YOUR SKIN sale now….!

Skinstitut products Age defence SPF 50+, Vitamin C and Even Blend Serum $75, PLUS a $50 voucher to spend on any skin treatment…….*Valid 23rd to 29 sept www.laserclinics.com.au

Witchery Style Recruits

          

Witchery SS15 Style Recruits Competition

Now here’s a comp to enter!!!

One lucky 4 to 14-year-old girl and boy will be chosen by the Witchery judging panel to star in the next Witchery Girl & Boy campaign and WIN an AU$1,000 Witchery wardrobe!

 Plus, there are 4 x $500 People’s Choice Runner-Up Prizes to be won, as determined by the public vote!

 – Entries open Thursday 17 September at witchery.com.au/style-recruits

– Entries close 11.59pm AEST Monday 28 September
– Voting opens on the Style Recruits gallery when all entries are published on Wednesday 30 September at Style Recruits Gallery.
– Voting closes Wednesday 7 October at 11.59pm AEDT
– Winners are announced 9 November 2015
– Entries are open to Australian and New Zealand residents who are entering a 4 to 14-year-old who they are the legal parent or guardian of.

Now you have all the info, What are you waiting for? Enter now!!!

http://www.witchery.com.au/style-recruits 

Melbs with the Girls!

                              

Back in my fave city with my fave girls!! We had a tight 48 hour agenda and did Melb proud! 
I didn’t land til 7pm Friday night but was plenty of time to drop my bags at our hotel in Flinders st – the new and very cool and convenient Hilton Doubletree opposite Flinders street station (plus a fresh warm cookie on checkin)!! A quick walk up to meet the girls for a pre dinner drink at Bertonis (outdoor bar) and soak up the atmosphere! After a vodka lime and antipasto plate we hit Supernormal! Super amazing! Beautifully fitted out New York style restaurant on Flinders lane serving modern Asian food and doing it all so well! We shared dumplings, sashimi, vege and meat dishes with a crisp white which was all truly delicious! Highly recommended!

Sat morning and true Melb style…But first coffee! We hit Dukes Coffee roasters for a takeaway (coffee institution) and after a bit of walking we ended up at Journal (cute cafe in the Melbourne City Library) for a yummy breaky of fresh juices and we all had a mix of savoury and sweet toast toppings!!

We shopped the Lanes, and was truly impressed by the enormous H&M that had taken over the old GPO centre and of course scored a few bargains! After a few hours of shopping it was of course lunch time so we headed to The Grain store for a civilized salad, glass of pimms and a blood orange cheesecake for dessert! Another great find down the other end of the city but well worth the 20 min walk!

A chill out back at the hotel and another little arvo wander before heading to the very cool Lucy Liu bar for a drink and dumplings – bright neon lights upon entrance and always packed to the brim with cool hipsters and a great vibe! We headed a few doors up to Woody P. For an Italian feast and a bottle of red! Perfecto! We then met up with a friend at the new Arbory bar…this was a real find! Only 6 months old, a super long bar on the Yarra, perfect spot for people watching by the river and taking in the South Melb atmosphere!

Beautiful skies woke us up Sunday to a lovely 21 degrees! A friend picked us up and drive us to Fitzroy for breakfast at The Breakfast Thieves (I had a quinoa porridge with banana and sugared almonds) and a wonder around Brinswick street. This is more of a grungy hip neighbourgood with lots of vintage and homewares stores plus the modern cool finds such as Apha 60 and Milk and Sugar.

We headed back to the city to hit Zara and a few other essentials before retreating to a rooftop bar for a drink (of course)! So cool sitting sky high and taking in the hip funky scene  and overlooking Melb city! With an hour left we had a yummy salad at one of the cafés in the very cool Degraves street to soak up the atmosphere before leaving! 

Nothing like shopping and giggling with the girls and a weekend of no responsibilities! We have decided this will be an annual affair!
     

Precinct 75

                           Precinct 75 is where it’s all at in St. Peter’s! A huge industrial block housing some very cool businesses including my fave Instagram inspirations….The Society Inc and Design Twins

First stop was Sample coffee Roasters, A very cool caf with a Melb vibe… All white, timber floors, low lighting and an awesome curved tiled counter in the middle of the room. superb coffee, cakes and a great lunch menu including smashed avo and feta and yummy sambos etc.

As I walked around the Edith st entry I noticed the most adorable little bakery painted black called Buttercream!  Inside was the sweetest set up….white walls with a gorgeous black logo, eclectic mix of plants and sweet treats such as beautifully coloured bagels on the counter top and the most amazing mix of mini iced cupcakes….honeycomb, lamington, vanilla Sundae etc!! I grabbed a few for the kiddies arvo tea and headed into Design Twins at the entrance of Precinct 75.

What a feast for the eyes! The most amazing collection of furniture, homewares, candles, kids decor and bedding + their famous beautiful hand painted pots! All set out beautifully and in such a great space! I could have wandered for hours! 

Next at the back of the block is  Society Inc. Sibella Court has created the most amazing feel here! Deer heads and surfboards on the walls, cups, mirrors, nik naks and amazingly styled beds and lounges! I have always loved her style from her little Paddington store and am again blown away by this super creative and eclectic space!

I need to go back already! I’m sure there’s more going on! Check out precinct75.com.au for more!

Let’s hear it for the boys!

     

          Hope you all had a wonderful Fathers day! We spent ours on the North side with family enjoying sun, Sand and a lovely long lunch! An amazing whole roasted salmon was on the menu and you can find the recipe over at my sister in laws (Briar) blog Sunday Collector….yum!!! The kids and I made a vanilla coconut cake for dessert and relaxed whilst the kids played together. Here’s to the amazing men in our life! X b