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Kids Fashion Blogger by Sandi Zaljevic - 10M ago

A family holiday is something we all long for. But holidaying with kids can be very overwhelming. I mean if the kids aren’t happy, you can be assured that you won’t have a good holiday! I am always amongst discussions with parents talking about ‘kid friendly’ resorts. It seems we are all on the same page. I believe experience of a‘kid friendly’ resort ways more than a brochure just saying it.

The girls and I had our first overseas holiday as a family of three! And to be honest, I was so nervous. With my whole being I can say, It was amazing! And when I say amazing it was because of where we stayed and how the girls loved every minute of it. Club Med resorts are a resort I had heard of often but honestly there are so many resorts to choose from, how do you choose? We where given the opportunity to stay at Club Med Bali and we are now there number one fans and I am going to share with you why.

Club Med Bali

Did you know that Club Med is an all inclusive resort? Which means your food, drinks, activities is all covered. No putting your hand in your pocket or a big bill at the end.I didn’t realise, till now experiencing it, how easy and great this was with kids! There are a total of 393 rooms spread across five wings amid 14 hectares of beach front land. The girls and I has so much fun everyday exploring new parts of the resort and surprisingly on doing this you never really saw many people. It was great. Like the whole resort was ours.

With the accommodation the resort offers superior rooms, deluxe rooms or suite. All rooms are clean with traditional Balinese decor which I love. They all have there own balcony to view the gorgeous grounds of the resort.

There are many paths to the rooms and throughout the resort that the girls loved exploring. I could quiet happily let them wonder together without me and I always knew they would be safe.

Throughout the resort and heading down to the beach there are gorgeous day beds that you can relax on and have your own privacy and a bar close to the beach for drinks.

Club Med GO’s

The GO’s are the staff. They are the ambassadors of Club Med that upholds the company’s values and spirit of the resort. You will find them everywhere. They have a special taste for team work with them also being compassionate, fun and caring. They make it there job to get to know you and your kids and will even sit with you at dinner. You will find they are multi cultural too. Every night there is entertainment on the resort and its the GO’s that perform. Honestly the shows are so good and it didn’t matter how tired my girls were we had to go. The GO’s made Club Med….they are the spirit of Club Med. My girls couldn’t get enough of them.

The Pool

The main pool on the resort was fantastic. It was huge in size and both ends of the pool were a deep both my girls could touch the floor and the deepest part of the pool was in the middle. They had a toddler pool connected by the pool edging but was still separate from the main pool. There are pool lifeguards on duty all day which were so friendly and it felt great to know an extra pair of eyes were watching your children.

Everyday they would hold water aerobics for everyone to join in. It was so much fun. And most days the GO’s would come out for a mini show/song of some sort.

Also there are many lounges around the pool that you were generally guaranteed of scoring one plus daybeds nested back if you wanted a slightly quieter option.

There is another pool nestled in amongst the palm trees called The Zen pool. Given its name as its an ADULT only pool and its so beautifully quiet and peaceful. So when your kids are having fun in the kids club you can escape kids altogether for some much needed Zen.

The girls were so excited when we found The Zen pool but not too happy when they found out they were not allowed in! Mum was happy though!

The Beach

I’m pretty fussy when it comes to swimming in the ocean and even more so with the girls. I was so impressed with the beach front at Club Med. It was clean and great for the girls to swim in.

I loved that there are scattered little bungalow huts and sheltered day beds on the sand for you to enjoy as well.

The Food

Club Med is an all inclusive resort which was the best, especially with kids! The main dining restaurant called The Agung at Club Med Bali was huge. It had different areas to eat either inside or out and the variety of food was incredible. The restaurant is a buffet style all you can eat. You still have table service and the staff are so beautiful. The restaurant opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There is also a huge cocktail/drink bar called The Kintamani at the end of the pool before you walk onto the beach! This was opened all day….yes all day! The girls loved getting there own juices when they felt like it and I loved that I didn’t have to move! At lunch time the bar also had light finger food hot and cold if you didn’t want to go up to the restaurant which we took advantage of most days. It was so delicious.

Every afternoon the GO’s would walk around the pool handing out ice-creams to everyone or fruit. A great afternoon treat!

There is also The Beach Bar with the best views. So if your on the beach you don’t have to go far to quench your thirst.

Then there is The Deck which is a gorgeous cocktail bar plus a gourmet restaurant. The food here is divive. Mainly seafood and more of an a la carte feel. To eat here they do like you to book.

As a mum travelling with kids I loved that I didn’t have to put my hand in my pocket for money to give the girls and I would love listening to them get excited speaking of what they were going to try this time for their meals!


Kids Club

When on holidays with children a good kids club is win win for everyone! Club Med kids club was by far one of the best kids club I have ever seen.

Firstly the age groups were categorised. Baby Club Med 4-23 months, Petite Club Med 2-3 years, Mini Club Med 4-10 years, Junior Club Med 11-17 years. The actual Club Med Kids Club Room was huge. The space was colourful with an indoor space and outdoor space plus a movie/quiet room. I was so impressed and with the warm friendly energy I knew the girls would enjoy it.

The activities for the kids were indoors and outdoors. Ranging from tennis, soccer, archery, trapeze, water games in the pool, activities down the beach, wind surfing for the older group plus many more. They would also do little performances to do at the night shows. It was so cute. I loved that they would utilise the whole resort and beach area giving the kids something different to enjoy everyday.

All the kids looked so happy and looked forward to kids club everyday! My girls would do full days or half days. I loved the flexibility.

Shopping

Club Med Bali has a beautiful store on the resort filled with gorgeous..

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When I was a growing up, TV for kids was all about cartoons, and it was Looney Tunes that everybody knew and loved. Tweety Bird, Bugs Bunny and Sylvester owned the screen for all ages. They have lasted the test of time, as now my girls love to watch it too. 

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has just launched a Looney Tunes Apparel range for the whole family just in time for Spring! The girls and I had a sneak peak and styled a couple of our favourite pieces. 

The Looney Tunes apparel range, which is available in store and online at BigW, has a fabulous mix of denims, slogan tee's, and even super cute rompers for bubs. Not only will you feel a touch of nostalgia when wearing the range, but you'll be on trend with the retro style! I love denim so I was excited to see these denim pieces featuring patchworks, this gave a simple pair of denim shorts a definite edge! The range is fresh and fun, making it easy to team up with other pieces in your wardrobe. 

Bella and Gigi are so excited that I had Looney Tunes pieces to wear with them and I have to say it brought out my inner child. Like most families come Spring time we are out and about so much that this range compliments our lifestyle whilst adding lots of fun to our style! The entire range is super comfy and affordable for the whole family.

The Looney Tunes range is only available for a short time so be sure to head into BigW either in store or online so you don't miss out! 

Until next time....Happy Shopping Folks!

Sandi x

 

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Tis the season to be jolly.....and one of my favourite parts of the Christmas festive season besides all the Christmas parties is Christmas shopping! I love how all the cute gifts and gadgets come out this time of year and if you are like me I end up buying just as much for myself as everybody else. 

The girls and I headed into Pacific Werribee to start our Christmas shopping and the newly refurbished centre really had us in the Christmas spirit not only with the fabulous selection of stores for gifting but the decorations throughout the centre and Interactive Santa Carnival kept the girls feeling like it was Christmas. 

I want to share some of the great stores we found at Pacific Werribee for Christmas gifting.

Adair Kids caught the girls with their gorgeous pieces for the bedroom, toys for both boys and girls and beautiful gift packs for babies.

Kikki K window display is just magical. They have a fabulous array of stationary to suit any family member, friend, relative or teacher. I love their desk gifts and I came across a gorgeous water decanter with a glass that sits on top. Perfect for that hard to buy person.

The Converse store is super cool! I mean who doesn't like a cool pair of kicks. The variety in the store was floor to wall covering the stand out person in your life or the plain Jane. The girls thought their dad might like these! Gigi said, "I don't think dad will go for the pink!" 

Setting the table for Christmas day has become a highlight for me since being a mother. I love a beautiful setting and these pieces in House caught my eye straight away. Gorgeous as gifts or for your own home.

For the fashion conscious guy in your life you cannot go past NENA and PASADENA. I was super excited to find them at Pacific Werribee, so was Gigi! 

Bella received her first Pandora bangle recently for her birthday so her Christmas list is filled with pieces from Pandora. I think any girl, lady, friend, mum even grandma would like a little special piece of Pandora.

I have not come across a school kid that doesn't like Smiggle! If you are stuck for a child that you think has everything you can never have enough Smiggle

Peter Alexander has those special PJ's for the whole family. They also have a gorgeous range of candles, travel accessories, oh and a little something special for your pooch! 

I think a watch makes a great gift! Bella's just learning to tell the time, Duff's widow caught her eye straight away with a fabulous selection of watches.

A key fashion trend for everyone at the moment is cool sneakers. Footlocker had an awesome selection ranging from babies to men and woman so they have the whole family covered with a variety of brands to choose from.

We came across this cool store that does Custom Printed Apparel for the whole family. It make your gift unique and especially designed for that person. 

Cotton On had this cool display of beach towels. What a great present and how fun are these. A good one for those hard to buy teens.

We find that Robinsons book store is always a good gifting option at Christmas. This store is so well presented and we could've spent hours looking at the books.

I was a bit excited to have discovered Lush in Pacific Werribee and I had a wonderful time showing the girls all the luscious goodies us ladies/girls enjoy! I hope they remember my hints for my gifts when there daddy takes them shopping!

How divine are these tea cups and tea pots in at T2? They were all in these pretty boxes and you could accompany them with a variety of teas for the tea lover in your life. Herbal teas are a healthier option now. 

The Pacific Werribee Gift Box activation as a fun way to help you plan Christmas gifting in-store or online. Whilst shopping you can stop at the Gift Box to help you with any gift giving ideas. We had a great time discovering new ideas.

The Pacific Werribee have gift wrapping services available every day from now until Christmas Eve during Centre Trading Hours and extended trading hours.

Gifts can be wrapped for a gold coin donation to the Salvation Army.  The gift wrapping station is located outside of Kmart near the Santa Experience.  

I'm so excited that Pacific Werribee will be open until midnight on the 22nd and 23rd of December.

For the full list of trading hours, please visit  www.pacificwerribee.com.au whilst you are shopping be sure to pay Santa a visit.

Happy shopping and I hope you have a safe and prosperous Christmas! 

Sandi x

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