We are 5 months into our new life in Melbourne and enjoying our new surroundings and neighbourhood.
The kids are settled into School and routines and the time has come for a second car (husband needs one for work).
I have been lucky enough to test drive the new MG ZS! And loving it!
Funnily enough when I first picked up the MG and pulled up at our place, my neighbour was out front and I quote “nice wheels”! Good start!!
The MG ZS has all the mod cons including Apple Play for my all important directions (yep still only familiar with a 5 km radius from home) + music, messages etc.
What I love about the MG ZS is the stylish and compact exterior of the car, yet super roomy inside for the kids and all their gear! Scooters etc fit no problem in the boot.
My favourite features are the keyless entry (stop/start button), huge sun roof, sporty exterior, leather upholstery and ease of driving! (In the words of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman “It corners like it’s on rails)”.
Speaking of rails, the trams are another little test of my driving skills but I have embraced them and quite like another aspect to the road.
I think this car ticks all the boxes for us! Easy to drive, spacious yet not too big. Perfect to zip into the City (never fear those tight parking spots as our friend the reverse camera is here)! Meanwhile, roomy and comfy for road trips and everyday busy life as a family of 5! Last but not least (and most importantly) she’s a good looking vehicle!
As School starts back on Tuesday (insert happy dance emoji)!! It was time to start detangling and de-dreading some of Sages’ beach hair!!
As many people with girls would know, brushing out knots can sometimes cause screams and tears which resemble something out of a horror film!!
I was introduced to De Lorenzo’s Detangling Duo and have not looked back!!The Infinite Detangler is a leave in detangling spray with organic Rosehip and wheat protein and I guarantee will remove knots without tears! (She even lets her brother do it)!!
The spray has a lovely smell and will be a lifesaver for those rushed School mornings! I will be throwing another one in the swimming bag too.
Gorgeous colour combo and great little back to school pressie!
Well the Christmas whirlwind has been and gone!! I was honoured to be interviewed by Sheridan Australia to share our plans for the silly season and some favourite Xmas memories.
Also just a quick note to thank you for your support in 2017 and looking forward to an inspiring and happy 2018.
1. For us, Christmas is about being together and spending time with loved ones, what does Christmas mean to you?
Christmas to me is the excitement of children, spending time as a family and surrounded by yummy food!! From the setting up of the Santa sacks on Xmas eve, putting out cookies and milk for Santa and Their little faces Xmas morning…it’s all priceless.
2. How will you and your family be spending Christmas this year?
This year is very different for us as we have just moved to Melbourne and left all our family and friends in Sydney. This year I’m hoping for a lovely slow Christmas morning, packing up a picnic of prawns, champers and white Xmas and hitting Brighton Beach. Possibly ending “bad mums 2” style with Chinese takeaway!
3. What is one of your favourite memories of Christmas time?
My favourite memories are driving with the family to Penshurst to walk down the busy street of Xmas lights on Xmas eve.
Also setting the alarm with my brothers at 2am to sneak upstairs and look at our pressies. We were always so excited we could never get back to sleep.
4. How are you planning on styling your home this Christmas?
This Xmas I am keeping things simple. A small wooden tree from chalk and stone decorated with our favourite ornaments. I also made a decorated a simple wreath with Mum using Magnolias and Gardenias from my garden. Will also drape a few pretty lights around the living room and the front of the house.
I have never been into red and green, so Xmas is always a more white and bright theme for us.
Thanks again Sheridan! P.s your bed linen is amazing!!!
I hosted a Breast Cancer morning tea fundraiser last week and picked up some great treats,including cherry bakewells that even resemble ( • ) ( • ).
Love the idea of getting the girls together for tea, coffee and cake! But most importantly raising much needed funds for Breast Cancer!
To save my sanity….I picked up a gorgeous range of Mr Kipling cakes from Woolies (free of artificial colours and flavours) and we enjoyed a selection of mini vanilla fancies, choc cake, cherry bakewells, Angel slice and my fave French Early Grey tea and champas.
May I also point out that all these treats come packaged separately in bite size pieces so no need to even slice!!
School treats, morning teas, fundraisers or any excuse really! Yummy Mr Kipling’s is here in Aus so embrace the goodness x b
P.s If you wish to donate to the Cancer Council in support of their amazing work. Please click here
A 3 day getaway (kid free) ! Was just what the Dr ordered after a busy School term!
The husband and I thought we would try our luck with the last week of the Ski Season and make our way to Thredbo.
We dropped the kids to the in-laws on the way down (Southern Highlands) and always pop into The Highlands Merchant in Mossvale for coffee and cake! (Pic 1) Only and hour and half from here and we arrive at our fave… Hotel Hotel in Canberra.
A few highlights and must eats /
Italian and Sons – Amazing fresh Italian in Braddon. The crab and squid ink linguini was amazing!
The rest are all around New Acton where Hotel Hotel is located and is a very cool little area!
We took the hotel bikes out for a ride around lake Burley Griffin which was a nice afternoon activity.
Thredbo / 19 years since I have been to Thredbo and not much has changed (except our super modern apartment which is a rarity amongst snow accom).
I came across The Eastern on Instagram and locked in the dates as soon as I could.
A little tricky to find but once inside is a real treat! Modern timber floors and ceiling, a mix of ply and white cement walls and a very functional super modern kitchen. The apartment is studio style so best for couples or small family. Loved the modern white bathroom…with underfloor heating, stylish Scandi touches and lovely cozy bed! not to mention the amazing views right across the snowy mountains and close proximity to Village and chairlift access. We booked this via airbandb and our host Monique was great!
Coffee / Central Road 2625 – in the heart of the Village and local meeting place for coffee and brunch.
Merits/ top of Merits charlift and very popular for ski bunnies seeking warmth! Amazing hot choc with marshmallows, whipped cream and cherry (or a shot of liquor if your heart desires)
We were too tired to dine out and loved our cosy pad so made pizza and salad at home with a vino, followed by Netflix and Chill!!
A few people had recommend the sweet Country Cafe at Collector called Some Cafe… What a lovely find just off the Federal Highway! All white Country cottage with gorgeous fresh blooms and delicious pastries on show. The avocado on rye with lemon, dukkah and egg was delish!
Next door is Collector Wines, small, white and just lovely! We tasted a few Vinos (and purchased a few of course! rude not to)! and hit the road back to those little humans called kids! Oh yeah I forgot about them! Ha!
Lovely escape to catch up with the husband but more importantly laugh at him on the slopes!!! X b
I’ve always had a thing for watches. I think they determine your character, sense of style and are a very personal piece of jewellery.
I myself love a casual watch by day playing ‘mum’ and a sleek watch by night or for a ladies lunch.
I love everything about Daniel Wellington watches! The Swedish simple design is well made and combines the everyday stylish style with nighttime sleek.
What I love most is the ability to dress up or down with the change of a wristband (leather or colourful NATO strap)….see video below in how to do this.
I’m excited to offer a 15% discount code on everything in the shop for my lovely subscribers! Use the code ‘brie15’ upon checkout!! Also from now until 3 September you can choose a free strap for any watch purchase.
Oh and icing on the cake….free worldwide delivery! Amazing right!
Perfect for Fathers Day coming up or a special bday! Head over to DW website here to start shopping x b
A gorgeous balmy Winters day to celebrate this little babes first bday and Naming day. Mum opened her house to the close fam and friends to be a part of the celebrations…and celebrate we did.
The Jumping Castle and Teepee were perfect for the little ones to run around and play in the backyard so the adults could have a drink and chat.
A yummy BBQ lunch with lots of accompanying salads, quiches, savoury pastries and sandwiches was perfect with a glass of bubbles! The kids ate fruit and sandwiches and helped themselves to the lolly bar overflowing with pale pink cupcakes, little Deer cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and a lolly box of strawberry creams, frogs and raspberries.
The little miss had the time of her life demolishing her smash cake!! and so did we with her bday cake and little apple tarts I made.
Lots of gorgeous colours!! Mum set up the lolly bar beautifully with a personalised banner, paper flowers and dream catchers.
The kids all received a lolly bag with personalised stickers and their own little dream catcher to take home.
A lovely Sunday spent sipping Veuve in the backyard and celebrating another special little girls first bday! Hope the dreamcatchers keep your dreams sweet forever little Harper x b
Sharing a little about the kids (younger 2) favourite toys from the recent holidays. Sage was gifted the Brio purple campervan from Childsmart for her bday and loved it!! Firstly the colour was a great wow factor!! The pack comes with a front car, 2 figures, and a campervan which joins magnetically to the car. Lots of fun lifting the roof and popping passengers in and out and pulling along the floor, plus also fits onto wooden train tracks which is great for building a little village around. They both also loved the Brio Farm House which comes with some fencing, a horse, cow and little wooden man who can carry the wheelbarrow or bucket for feeding the animals. The kids loved driving the van to the farm house to feed the animals and also feed the little dog his food (which you can buy separately)…See cute video above. Hours of fun moving and setting up people and animals and what's best, stimulates their creative play rather than sitting on the couch playing iPads! Always a fan of Brio products!! Check out all their toys plus many more brands at Childsmart! And now also stocked at Myer stores!! Great to add to bday and Xmas lists!! X b