Christmas Staycation at the Brisbane Marriott


I don't know about you, but when I think vacation/holiday/relaxing time away, I usually think swimming, cold drinks, warm sunshine, reading, eating, and chilling out. Which is actually exactly what happened when we spent the first part of our family Christmas holiday at the Brisbane Marriott. A city hotel is not a choice that first comes to mind … [Read more...]

How to Have a Merry Christmas away From Home


  So this year we decided we would travel back to the land of the beachy tourist and do the beachy tourist Christmas we'd been having since the day we got together nine years ago. Except that one time we had a white Christmas in Japan and spent the day skiing and drinking things with cats on them. I think we went to a British pub and ate … [Read more...]

Veggie Mama on the Road: The Spirit of Tasmania


This is a sponsored post for Spirit of Tasmania.  Q: What do you get when you cross two small children, one mum, and a giant ship that goes between Melbourne and Devonport, Tasmania? A: A bloody good time! Amid warnings of seasick nights, and my own apprehension about taking little kids to a fancy restaurant solo (twice!), there was plenty … [Read more...]

Travelling Solo with Kids

travelling with kids: Wanaka park

So next week I will be taking the girls (aged two and three) by myself on a little road trip to Tasmania. Veggie Dad has some other travel to do, so it will just be the girls and me, boarding the Spirit of Tasmania for some work I'm doing with them, and getting to know the only state in Australia I've never visited. I am super-excited, because … [Read more...]

Things to See + Do on the Sunshine Coast

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I lived on the Sunshine Coast for 12 years, and I never even meant to move there, or stay there long. I was at uni on the Gold Coast in 2002 and my mum had just moved to the Sunshine Coast. I visited a few times, and ended up packing my things and hanging out for a bit in between uni semesters. Three years later I met a boy, and we got married, and … [Read more...]

A stroll down memory lane


In April 1980, one small girl child was born to a couple of teenagers in the small town of Rushworth, Victoria. Ok, the mum (who was married, just in case you're thinking she was Teen Mom-ing MTV-style) went into labour in Rushworth, had the baby get stuck millions of hours later, had a caesarean in the next big town, and went back to Rushworth in … [Read more...]

A little country getaway


With travel on the brain, (let's be honest, it's never off my brain), I wanted to show you some of the cute place we stayed at last month, where we snuggled up near the fire, drank lots of wine (we were smack in the middle of wine country), ate easter eggs, and asked each other Trivial Pursuit questions (which of course I won). It was … [Read more...]