Billabong Camp Dubbo Zoo-17It was all ‘westward ho’ for myself and the twins last week.

We went on a four day, three night expedition to Dubbo, with the main focus being a trip to Taronga Western Plains Zoo.

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Most Aussies are mushroom maniacs, and I’m one of them.

I put mushrooms into my book The Superfoods Index as they really are good for you, here’s what I wrote:

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Palm Beach Northern Beaches SydneyFor our family, an expedition to Palm Beach is a special treat. It feels like a holiday hot spot that’s a million miles away from home, but in fact it’s only 30 minutes up the road.

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This is a sponsored post for Shell Australi and Digital Parents Collective

Ah, the lure of the open road, I used to love long drives to unknown places, miles and miles and miles of tarmac slipping below the wheels.

Having children cured me of that for a few years. But the kids are older now and we’re off on a road trip these school holidays – the joy!

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Maria 2Oh who doesn’t adore a bit of escapism?

I may spend a lot of time doing the dishes, but that never stops me dreaming of… Sydney, Australia, Asia, the wide wide world!

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Do you tend to make a few plans well before the school holidays arrive?

I do, especially for the school holidays when my husband will be away at work. He arrives home a week after the kids go back to school. So handy. Not.

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Darling Quarter water playground darling harbourPlaygrounds Deluxe, don’t you love them! These playgrounds are the best of the best we’ve found in Sydney and I hope you enjoy  browsing through them.  

There can’t be a better city in the world for the variety and quality of its children’s playgrounds.

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BkJAbUnCcAATqwqHello, just a quickie this one. I’m a wee bit excited and delighted to be featured on Blogger Connect’s Blogging Journeys. Read the interview here.

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SONY DSCDo you find that your children seem to take it in turns to be the one you are preoccupied about?

Maybe we just can’t cope as parents with worrying about more than one at a time? Read more→

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Hello, it’s Friday, thank goodness and here’s my weekly round-up of news, tips and hot travel topics for this week.

My first question is, do you go with the family to foodie festivals? Would that work with your family? Read on for news of two food festivals that are coming up.

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Real Scottish

On Tuesday Beth from Baby Mac innocently asked whether any readers had been to Scotland and where they’d recommend she and the family visit when they go in June this year.

Cue a deluge of excited comments suggesting lovingly remembered places and times.  We all love a chance to share about places in our heart, don’t we?

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Please welcome today’s guest poster, the lovely Robyn from MrsDPlus3. Robyn and her family have just celebrated three years of living here in Sydney. They have found lots of great spots to visit, and here is one of them: The Basin up on Pittwater, a wonderful spot for family camping or just for a gorgeous day trip.

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Pemberley Grange Broke Hunter Valley

I cannot tell a lie, the highlight of my stay at Pemberley Grange was meeting these three little guys.
They’re miniature donkeys, and yes they are young but fully grown at this cute size.

Sweet!

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OK, we did have a fridge disaster and a kitchen catastrophe over the weekend but apart from that…. you could ALMOST start to say that SOMETIMES there’s a bit of relaxation in there too.

I know!

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10. Tutles

Welcome to the third Aussie Family Holiday Friday, bringing you terrific ideas for all sorts of expeditions and adventures.

Here’s to travelling well with your family, even when it’s just to the park down the road.

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Oriental Spa 4-shot 2It’s always given me great pleasure to spread a little love and luck around from this blog. I enjoy some lovely experiences  and it’s great to share them with readers.

Because all of us mums deserve a treat, don’t we?

And a little luxury can go a long way for mums.

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I win the prize for the Blogger Who Came Home To The Most Washing!

The house looked like a bomb had struck it… dirty dishes across the kitchen, dishwasher needing emptied, drying racks stacked to the ceiling.  Admittedly the kitchen does look like that most morning… and my husband did clear up the whole kitchen, thanks you P.

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Central Gardens MerrylandsSince the last of my boisterous bairns started school, our visits to playgrounds have reduced in number – and I miss the exploring!

Our weekends can get really busy, with lots of sports, ballet, teenagers working and playing gigs. It’s all very different. 

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Accelerator Days.jpgWell, it’s two and a half months into 2014 and strangely enough the couple of kilos I put on during our Christmas trip are still nestled around my tummy.

And it’s 100% true that at menopause weight shifts to the tummy, it always used to stay around my hips and thighs.

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What is an Accelerator Day?

March 24, 2014

in Food

Accelerator Days.jpgSo, I’ve just posted  photos of all the food I ate on an ‘accelerator day.’

Without explaining what one was.

I’m such a pro in this communication business. Not!

So here’s the explanation.

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