If Only These Walls Could Talk…

Walking through the halls of the Old Parliament Building in Canberra, you can’t help but think “if only these walls could talk”.  As you walk through the white building, you can’t help but notice the green and red leather bound books that contain the transcripts from years of parliamentary debates; the worn green leather chairs in…

Honour, Remembrance and Respect at the Australian War Memorial

Located an one end of ANZAC Parade in Canberra is the Australian War Memorial – a place to stop, reflect and honour the sacrifices made by so many Australian men and women over the past 120 years. From the Boer War to Peacekeeping…. While the main exhibit as you enter the War Memorial Museum features…

Thank Goodness for Sangiovese!

Last night we had dinner at Stumpy Gully winery.. Let’s start by saying we absolutely loved the Sangiovese and we’re both more than likely going to be picking up a few bottles of it in the not too distant future… Unfortunately we can’t entirely say the same for the dinner and venue.. As you drive…

Mornington Peninsula Guide to Self Care

As a mum, there is so much that we juggle – our careers, our families, our households – some of us also add in further studies and volunteering, if not what also feels like a million other things. How often are you the last to go to bed at night and the first to wake?…

Mai Tais in paradise

There was no way I was coming back to Hawaii without having a Mai Tai or two.. So completing a list of my favourite Hawaiian Mai Tais seemed the perfect excuse to try a few more.. Obviously, I haven’t tried every bar/restaurant/etc that makes a Mai Tai, so apologies if your favourite isn’t on the…

Turtle Bay Resort

We’ve now visited Hawaii four times, and have always stayed at the same hotel in Waikiki (which we absolutely love), so this time we decided to try Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. Turtle Bay has everything you could possibly need while on holidays – multiple swimming pools, hot tubs, on-site restaurants, horse riding,…

(Don’t go) Chasing Waterfalls

According to TLC back in the 1990s, we shouldn’t be chasing waterfalls.. Well after our recent experience, I plan on hunting out as many waterfalls as I can find.. We took guidance from Nathan at the Turtle Bay Resort activities counter, Guidepost, and headed out to Waimea Valley for a swim under the 45 foot…

Flight delays..

Is there anything worse than a flight delay? How about a 7.5 hour delay? That’s what we faced today with our flight to Hawaii.. While we did receive notification from Jetstar about the delay, we had already reached the city and turning back to the Peninsula wasn’t really something we were keen to do. How…

Packing List: carry on

Working out what to pack in your carry on luggage can be difficult, especially when limited with the size and weight restrictions based on the individual airlines. We’re flying out to Hawaii on Sunday with Jetstar and given we also have checked in luggage, our carry on luggage can be quite light. Isabella’s carry on…

Port Stephens

Approximately 30 minutes from Newcastle Airport, Port Stephens is the perfect place for a mini family vacation and can be enjoyed in both winter and summer alike. Getting there: We chose to fly with Jetstar Australia from Melbourne. As we were only staying for three nights, we chose to just take carry on luggage –…