My Sydney 

One of the worlds most livable and lovable cities! I am proud to call Sydney my home and excited to share my favourite things to do, eat and see from North, South, East and West (and a little in the middle) I know where the best coffee is, favourite kids spots, hotels beaches etc…come on my Sydney tour and live like a local. Click link below to read my 4 day itinerary of Sydney I put together for MasterCard.

https://www.priceless.com/en-au/pricelessgetaways.html

 Queen of Queenstown


One word….Breathtaking! As soon as the plane was descending over the Mountains into Queeenstown I was stuck to the window like glue, I couldn’t believe the beauty of the snow covered mountains!!

The quick 15 minute drive from the airport to the heart of Queenstown was stunning, The Remarkables behind us, Coronet Peak to the right and the beautiful lake Wakatipu reflecting the stunning surroundings!  I had a lovely Taxi driver who pointed lots of interesting facts out to me, including the lake which at its deepest is 400m! And bloody freezing!!

We were lucky with the Weather though, the locals said it is sometimes down to -16•, however most days it got up to 5 or 6 degrees for us.

The village itself is lovely, and we really didn’t feel like we were in another Country, just a beautifully landscaped snow village. We stayed at St Moritz hotel which was cozy, tastefully furnished and had lovely rooms looking over the lake and snowy mountains, plus a short walk to town….I was delighted to see a Country Road and Witchery amongst the Village and the Patagonia Chocolate Shop was lovely!

We had a lovely night out for my Sisters 40th at Pub on Wharf by the water, lots of family joined for a yummy dinner, drinks and a bday cake. Most of the gang had been skiing so we’re pretty tired and we enjoyed relaxing by the fire.

The next day we took a trip to the quaint Arrowtown (a sweet little Old Western Style of town)  30 mins out of Queenstown, we had a nice lunch here at Provisions cafe and a wonder around the snow capped streets.

I headed back for a nap (as that’s what you do when you don’t have kids with you)!! Then out to the popular Botswana Butchery for the most amazing meal! Famous for their delicious meats and very serious with how it is cooked, just the adults sipped wine and enjoyed a very civilized meal and planned the next day’s adventures….

After a lovely breakfast in the hotel, we walked up to The Gondola (after a takeaway coffee from Bespoke Kitchen) and caught the sky chair to the top of the mountain…the views were incredible and the Luge ride looked like lots of fun winding down the mountain!

A wander back through the village to the hotel to pick up my bags and off to the airport…a quick 48 hrs in Queentown but plenty of time to see and do many things (although there were a few more restaurants on my list).

An amazing holiday and now planning to come back with the fam for a skiing holiday! X b

Faves of Queenstown

  • Vudu cafe for coffee, treats and lunch
  • Patagonia chocolates for sweet treats
  • Bespoke Kitchen for coffee and lunch
  • Pub on wharf – great food and live music
  • Fergburger – ridiculously popular for burgers and after ski hangs.
  • Botswana butchery – beautiful fine dining focused on meat.

Footy, food and friends..


Some snaps of Noa’s Rugby/Sports party yesterday….A Beautiful Winters day for Sports games, cupcakes, Sausage sizzle and plenty of treats with his mates.

I Based the party around Kraft paper to match the colouring of a rugby ball and ordered Eco cups and bowls for popcorn and half time orange segments.

I used a rugby piñata for the table and a few balloons for decoration. It was a pretty simple outdoor party with boys being boys and girls doing craft.

The grassy NRL cupcakes and little pink bee cakes were a hit plus a very simple Sarah Lee banana cake decorated with rugby figurines and goal posts.

Everyone looked like they had fun and after whacking the piñata and singing happy bday, left with their Kraft paper party bag and likely passed out on their way home.

Noa kissed me goodnight and thanked me for the “best party ever”! Meanwhile, I need a drink! X b

Squared


Gone are the ugly wall charts hanging in kids rooms!!! Squared have created well designed, educational and aesthetically pleasing charts….from The Solar System to The Human Body, Time telling, Periodic Tables etc….you can also buy with these timber hangers that attach magnetically to the print! You can see more on their website.

Very happy having these hanging in our home! And of course fitting in with my minimal style whilst educating the kids!!! Thankyou Squared! I have been looking everywhere for something like this!!!

Website….www.wearesquared.com.au

Instagram….www.instagram.com/wear esquared 

Hotel Hotel / Canberra 

 


With husband very busy these School holidays, we took the one opportunity we had to drop the kids at the grandparents house and try out Canberra’s tres cool Hotel (so I’ve heard) that is Hotel Hotel

After booking our hotel room I Downloaded their App on iTunes for all the latest info and what’s hot in Canberra! Although you don’t really need to leave the hotel!

A very easy 2 hour drive from the Southern Highlands (3 from Sydney) and we were in our Nations Capital. 

We arrived just as it was getting dark, and were amazed with the architecture….particularly the wood panneling and vertical garden facade. Inside a very cool dark and moody foyer with open bar, library, cozy modern fire (screaming happy hour) and a very hip crowd (not to mention a hairdresser and Palace Cinema below). 

We checked into our equally cool and cozy room and headed down for dinner at the  quirky Monster Kitchen and Bar.  A few interesting items on the menu but we ordered really well! The Morton bay bugs with miso buttered cabbage and daikon was a total standout!

We had breakky across the road at A.Baker…more exposed concrete walls and cool lighting housing fresh pastries, coffee and yummy regional produce to warm our bellies from the 1 degree freezing morning!

We didn’t have long before we had to hit the road so we headed to Braddon to check out the 2 degree exhibition at the Gorman Arts Centre…quite a cool blow up palm tree but in all honesty not much happening here….so 5 mins away we parked on Londsdale street and enjoyed some cool shopping along here…I loved itrip iskip, The Hive and Timber & Tailor.  We grabbed a takeaway coffee from the small but hip Barrio Collective and that concluded our short but sweet Canberra getaway….next time I think we will take the kids for some touristy adventures!

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Below pics of the sweetest lunch stop in Moss Vale called Highlands Merchant.

Five and Fabulous!


party loot
Five!!!! How did this happen??!! The little miss is growing up before my eyes!!  
We enjoyed a low key party yesterday. Sage and I made some little party bags and games to take along to kindy and then we had birthday cake back at nannys house.

I always think a party is made with a beautiful cake! I planned to make it myself until a week ago when I had a little shopkins inspiration and asked my clever friend Denin to create this amazing cake around the Five cake topper I ordered from Sophia Victoria Joy. I was blown away with the result and the coconut vanilla filling!!

I couldn’t resist the sweet fruity cushions from Kmart which can now sit on her bed and cookie balloons to add to the Shopkins theme.

Sage dressed as a princess in Seed Heritage and brought along her new fave doll.  Giggles, cake and glitter Party shoes made this 5 year old girls day! X b

Woodland Friends Party

Baby Woodland Friends party for Tate’s second bday. Such a cute theme! Toadstool mirangues, echidna cupcakes, chocolate log cake, handprinted animal invites and matching linen goodie bags….and the cutest balloons I have seen! The little critter himself rode his brand new scooter around and celebrated with his cousins and family. Such a fun day!

tired bday boy

Colorific

The Rev Racerz by Colorific have been a huge hit in the house! The kids build their own loop de loop tracks and race each other with these mini micro motorbikes that you pump up and shoot out onto the track… Super fast and fun!


And for the chicks!!! I am popping these Bitzy Blitz and Dream Stones in Sages bday stash….she can make her own necklaces and bag tags (which light up)! Such a good gift for the little miss bling lovers and crafters! And a great wet weather activity!!


Check out Colorific for more kids toys and craft!  X b

A night in the garden 



Twinkling lights, pigs in wings, unicorn sprinkled drinks, tap dancers, pork sliders, charred corn cobs with lime and coriander, mulled wine, brass brands, Accapella, overflowing plants and that’s just the beginning! 

I was lucky enough to be invited to a garden evening at The Grounds with a friend..celebrating 4 years and a look at the new additions to this amazing old parking lot in Alexandria.

The atmosphere was amazing, the coconut and lime daquairis to die for and the smell of gourmet pizzas, smokey lamb and cinnamon was delicious!

We wandered the fairy light sprinkled gardens, were entertained by the coolest brass band, tap dancing, accapella, and chatted amongs hay bails and warm fires whilst sipping on cocktails from the beautifully designed Soda bar.

We left with hot chocolates (simmering in a copper pot) topped with cream, toasted marshmallows and a toffee shard.

It was like something out of Alice in Wonderland! I don’t think this will ever be topped!

Thanks so much The Grounds!!! X b

Have passport, will travel!!


nailing mr serious for his passport pic

I’m starting to get excited (and organized) as August is approaching and we are headed to NZ for my sisters 40th!! 

Aswell as researching the best cafes and things to do, I need to get on top of the kids passports and other important stuff!

With that in mind, I’m taking advantage of the May/June offer currently running at Australia Post outlets. By simply mentioning ‘child20’ to a retail staff member at your local Post Office you will receive a 20% discount on your ID photos through May and June. 

The kids and I recently took advantage of this offer and I was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly the process went! What was particularly pleasing to me was how quickly and efficiently the pics were taken (within Government regulation) and also ready in minutes!  (Kingston had the Post office staff laughing with his “trying to be serious” face)  A good option also is to take a digital copy  for any additional online applications that may pop up in organizing travel.

So now I can get back to sourcing the best Coffee in Queenstown! (Please send your tips my way)!! Looking forward to sharing some holiday snaps, and hope this info has helped some of you planning trips overseas with the kiddies!  

For more information about child ID photos, head over to http:/auspo.sp/childid 

Happy travels! X b



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