July 5, 2011
Sebel playford adelaide

A mum’s weekend getaway in Adelaide

Frazzled mum Ilka Brookes takes a well deserved weekend break on her own to Adelaide. An annual "retreat" from the day to day grind of motherhood, keeping house and holding down a job is something every mum should treat themselves to!
June 23, 2011
Murphy our Pet

Farewell Fido!

Heading away on holidays and not sure what to do with your canine companion? Don't fret - there are heaps of options available!
June 9, 2011
Feeding the Giraffes

A Canberra Family Safari

Canberra has more family attractions than I can usually muster enough energy to fit into one weekend without collapsing in a heap on Sunday night
June 9, 2011
Winter Sports Taxi Service

The winter sports taxi service

There’s no better reminder that you have a large, busy family than the onset of winter. And winter team sports.
May 26, 2011
long weekend road trip

Out of Town for the Long Weekend

I share my birthday with the Queen every year. Not always the exact day but close enough to the June long weekend to feel special.
May 16, 2011
Travelling with Kids on Planes

Forget “Snakes on Planes” …. try “Kids on Planes”

Last week I had the joy of dealing with our domestic airports with a busy toddler in tow
May 12, 2011
Kids Birthday Picnic

Of birthday parties and extravagance

What do you think is a reasonable amount to fork out for your child’s birthday?
May 3, 2011
Easter Egg treat

Can you escape the Easter Bunny?

My three and a half year old has eaten more chocolate in a five day period, than I would normally eat in five months!
April 5, 2011

Zoo friends

It’ll be a sad day when my kids get too old for the zoo. Do they ever get too old for the zoo? I’m sure I enjoy our zoo outings as much as they do. Possibly more. Australia is blessed […]
March 29, 2011

The fall of the vegemite sandwich

When did school lunches become such a challenge? I thought maybe it was just my kids, but I’ve now had this confirmed by all the mums working in this office with me. Kids don’t like sandwiches anymore.
March 22, 2011

Rainy day weekends

Rainy weekends can make for stir-crazy kids – and stir-crazy parents if you don’t do something quickly and decisively to prevent them watching the Disney Channel and/or* playing shoot-em-ups on the Xbox all day long.
March 15, 2011

A weekend in Wollongong

Wollongong, or The Gong as it is affectionately known by most of us, is an ideal weekend getaway destination for Sydney families
March 7, 2011

Why clean up only once a year?

Here's a thought (not my own original thought but one that I whole-heartedly support): take your two hands, take 30 minutes and head to your favourite local spot to see what difference you can make.
March 1, 2011

Holidaying at home: the so-called ‘staycation’

Some people call it a “stay-cation” I suppose, but really this was just a weekend of activities that grew from a sleepover request from my 13-year-old son
December 2, 2010

Suite Life On Rhapsody (6)

We’re back at sea after two days in New Caledonia and back into the sea-faring routine, which, to my surprise, is just as enjoyable to the kids as a day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
December 1, 2010

Suite Life On Rhapsody (5)

We’re woken this morning by the sound of tenders being lowered from beneath our balcony, ready to take us ashore to the Isle of Pines. There are islands dotting the turquoise waters all around us, heavily wooded with pine trees and ringed with brilliant white sand.
November 30, 2010

Suite Life on Rhapsody (4)

Ah, Noumea! After days of agonising over the vast array of shore excursions, we find a visitor centre offering even more and settle on the Explorer Bus day pass. For $10 each we can hop on and off all around the island.
November 29, 2010

Suite Life on Rhapsody (3)

We’re starting to get the hang of cruising and have even formed a little routine - or at least started to see the need for one. For as far as you can see in every direction there is water, which varies in colour from dark grey to dark blue.
November 28, 2010

Suite Life on Rhapsody (2)

After a long day waiting to leave Sydney, our first day sailing is all about figuring out how the whole thing works. Activities, kids’ clubs and meal times: how do we actually find all these things?
November 27, 2010

Suite Life on Rhapsody (1)

Day 1 on Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas was longer than I had planned: while it promised boarding a big and exciting cruise ship, it largely involved sitting endlessly in Circular Quay waiting to leave.