If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that my family and I relocated to Brisbane from Hampshire in the UK back in 2014. A few months after we arrived, we bought our first home in Australia. This post was written in collaboration with Currency Fair. We spent months browsing online at dream homes in Australia before we took the plunge – there really are some...
We’ve been in Australia for just over three years now. We’ve taken lots of short breaks since moving here to all kinds of stunning places, but what I’ve really been craving is a family island holiday. Somewhere with white beaches and palm trees. Where we can swim in a lagoon. Sip cocktails by the pool. Snorkel with the kids. I’m thinking of the best kid-friendly resorts with safe beaches and...
Things are hotting up in Brisbane. September is one of my favourite months – it’s hot without being too hot. It’s an in between month when the sun shines all day but it’s not too hot to sleep yet, and the overnight chill has definitely disappeared.
Brisbane winters are really mild, but houses aren’t built here like they are in the UK. There is a lot that we love about our house, but it does have a lot of issues. It has zero insulation, there are lots of gaps and we have blinds and not curtains which means those gaps around all of the single-glazed windows let in the cool overnight temperatures during the cooler months. Our house is also built to make the most of the shade, which is supposed to help in the summer (it doesn’t) and in winter it means the house can feel freezing even though the outside temperature is lovely and toasty.
Through the winter this year, we had already decided that our next big financial focus is going to be insulating the house. I don’t want to spend another winter feeling freezing even though it’s really not that cold outside. It’s going to be a long and messy project to get our house winter-proof but I know it will be worth it.
Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s hard to imagine the house getting that cold. From October until May our house gets unbearably hot (haha yes, we are never happy – freezing in winter, roasting in summer). I didn’t really think about how insulation could also help keep us cool until I read a really useful post on the ActronAir Air Conditioning website. It has really made me realise how important insulation is all year round to keep us hot AND cool.
So as I know another scorcher of a summer is ahead of us and our big insulation project is a little way off, I’ve been trying to think about ways we can stay cool this summer. I love the summer, but it does get HOT here! Our single air conditioning unit gets put into overdrive, and we end up spending most of our time in the pool but I’ve been thinking about all of the other things we can do to stay cool.
Ways to keep your kids cool this summer
Switch the duvets (doonas if you’re Aussie) for sheets or even just use empty duvet covers. Duvets definitely aren’t needed in Brisbane during summer!
Get ceiling fans fitted. We don’t have ducted air con yet (it’s on the wish list for the future) but ceiling fans do a pretty good job of keeping us cool at night. The one in the boys’ room has broken so this has just reminded me to get it replaced asap!
Take a late night dip in the pool before bed. This is my favourite way to start the night off cool. We swim in the dark with the pool lights on and it feels magical looking up at the stars together (if you don’t have a pool, a cool bath or shower helps too.)
Eat ice poles or make your own ice lollies.
Wrap cool blocks (the kind you put in lunch boxes to keep food cool) in tea towels and cool yourself down with them.
Get the sprinkler going and let your kids have fun under it.
Let your kids clean your car in their swimmers. This is a win, win as your car gets cleaned and they have fun and keep cool!
Close your curtains to keep the cool air in (I’m going to need to go shopping for some!)
Keep half filled water bottles in the freezer and then top up with cold water for a nice cool drink when you’re out and about.
Set up an ice excavation – put an item in a flexible container and fill it with water. When it is frozen, pop out the big ice block and let your kids hack at it (if they’re old enough) or pour water over it to get the treasure!
Eat ice cream. Any excuse!
Create a Hot Wheels car wash with some buckets or bowls and some old toothbrushes and sponges and let them go to town washing their toy cars. My boys used to play at this for hours and now my daughter loves doing it too.
Create a shady snooze corner with some books and big cushions so they can get out of the heat and relax as hot weather is exhausting.
Eat barbeques because it’s a known fact that barbeques always taste better on hot summer’s days.
How do you keep your kids cool during the summer?
I can’t wait for the long, lazy days of summer. We are just one term away from the long summer holidays, and I have plans to spend most of it in the pool with the kids making memories.
How do you keep cool during the summer? Do you have any top tips?
*This post was written in collaboration with ActronAir Air Conditioning
When I was younger, we always took last minute holidays. Almost all of our trips abroad were booked as late deals – we usually had an idea that we wanted to go somewhere on a certain week but were pretty open about where we might end up. We used to get excited and read all of the holiday brochures to get inspiration about different places but there was nothing more fun than heading into the travel agents on a Saturday morning with my mum and asking what deals were on. Back then, as I was in the UK, our holidays were to places like the Canary Islands, Spain and Greek Islands.
That was back in the days before the Internet! How things have changed. Now, as a mum of three, I still love hunting for late holiday offers, but now I spend my time browsing the hotel booking sites searching for deals in the comfort of my home instead.
Why taking a last minute holiday with kids is the best
My kids love knowing what we’re doing. They are creatures of habit. They enjoy playing computer games on the weekend (it’s their treat for being good all week as we don’t allow games on week nights). They enjoy going to the surf club during summer for their weekly Nippers sessions on Sundays. They like having pancakes or French toast for breakfast on Saturdays. And they love having a barbeque at some point over the weekend. They love nothing more than predictability.
Which is exactly why there is nothing better than surprising them with a little unexpected holiday. Throwing the routine out of the window to do something different teaches them to be open to new adventures! It teaches them to be flexible and adaptable, and it teaches them to embrace travel – which is really important to us as Hubby and I both adore travelling. I love being able to drag them away from their screens (yes, even with Australia’s stunning weather, they still would happily spent hours on computer games or watching YouTube!) and get them outdoors.
What we look for in a late holiday destination for kids
With three young nature-obsessed kids, there are certain things we always look for in a holiday destination:
Beaches – there must be great beaches nearby. Although we’ve done some city breaks, it’s really the wild beach holidays that suit our lifestyle best.
Nature – we like opportunities to get in touch with nature and wildlife. Things like seeing dolphins in the wild, getting up close with turtles, snorkelling and going on nature walks.
Attractions – we love having some big attractions nearby to visit like zoos and wildlife parks.
Value – holidays aren’t cheap as there are five of us, so we’re always looking for the best price we can find. This can be tricky as although our kids are happy sharing beds as they’re only little, some resorts have rules like only four people in a hotel room which means we often need to stretch to an apartment which costs more. Apartments are usually the best deal though as it means we can take food and cook for ourselves some of the time to keep costs down. Booking last minute means we get the best possible price on accommodation.
Clubs and activities – this isn’t a deal breaker but, if we can, we try to find places that have some activities for kids or a kid’s club. We don’t live in the same country as our families anymore so Hubby and I don’t get a lot of time to ourselves. Kids’ clubs are a great opportunity for us to go for dinner on our own for once. Actually, the boys’ favourite holiday so far was Fraser Island purely because of the Junior Eco Ranger’s programme where they got to sit in front of a campfire and toast marshmallows, walk out under the stars and learn about the local wildlife. They are constantly asking when we can go back there! If kids’ clubs aren’t available then we look for place that have activities for kids like canoe hire, bike hire, swimming pools or crazy golf.
Our plans to take last minute, cheap holidays with our kids
I’m hoping the stars align so we can take a last minute holiday towards the end of the year as it has been a while since our last proper break. We’ve had lots of weekends away over the last couple of years, but this time I want a full week away to unwind properly. It’s all going to depend on whether we can co-ordinate our time off together and also depends on what dates we have UK visitors coming to stay. As our dates are somewhat out of our control at the moment, a late deal is going to be perfect for us.
I’ve been considering everything from the islands around Cairns to Outback Queensland to do the dinosaur trail (which doesn’t fit with our beach obsession but would be the best trip ever according to our 7yo twins!) Or maybe we’ll take a trip to Fiji or the Cook Islands – places I am desperate to take my kids after Hubby and I spent three months island hopping in the South Pacific back in 2008. There are so many stunning places just a short drive or flight away from us here – I feel very lucky to have all of these travel opportunities on our doorstep and to have so many websites around where you can find great last minute holidays.
Get holiday shopping
There is so much fun out there waiting for you. It really doesn’t need to cost that much if you find the right deal and are willing to consider any destination. The world really is your oyster, so get out there and make some fantastic memories!
*This post is written in collaboration with Holiday Gems.
(This post contains some affiliate links to things that I love).
I love being a mum. It’s a job that I wouldn’t trade in for anything in the world. But it is hard too. Fitting in school, homework and activities, cooking healthy dinners, working, refereeing fights, making everyone share – I constantly feel like I’m battling to stay balanced and, like all parents, it’s easy to wonder whether I’m doing enough. Whether I’m making the right decisions. Whether I’m teaching my kids everything they need. Whether I’m there for them enough during all this busyness. And there are SO MANY decisions to make all the time!!!
My three wild little humans are at the most perfect age right now. Still little enough to give the best hugs and to still enjoy sneaking into our bed at night, but old enough to feed themselves and get themselves dressed in the mornings. They have independence while still needing me. They still come out with toddler-isms – T2 will ask me to ‘loud up’ the radio instead of turn it up. And E asks me to take her ‘tent-er-mature’ when she is sick instead of temperature. And it feels like T1 is never going to be able to pronounce ‘Dominos’ when he asks if we can get a take away (the day he stops calling it ‘Donimos’ will be a sad day for me). I’m scared about the years to come when they start needing me even less because I’m loving this phase so much. Then I worry about whether I’m making the most of ‘now’. This is the time I know I’ll always look back on as the best time of my life. I also know it’s the foundation for them – everything they become will be as a result of how they are treated now, how they are encouraged, how they are taught and what experiences they have. No pressure then!
I want their lives to be filled with special memories of this time. I want them to always look back fondly on their childhood and remember little things like snuggling up in bed with me to read at bedtime which is our favourite nighttime winter pass-time (the Quest books are our latest obsession – they are a bit grown up for my 7yos to do on their own but it’s a fun learning challenge to do together with a grown up). I want them to remember that we have big family bbqs every week where the kids play outside while the food is sizzling and then eveyone over-eats but somehow we all still make room for pudding. I want them to remember learning to ride their bikes at the park and then enjoying a picnic in the sun afterwards before kicking the ball around. I want them to remember their Sundays at the surf club hunting for crabs, and our evening swims together under the stars in our pool on hot summer nights…
But parenting is still hard. There are days when I snap or when I wonder if I’ve made the right decision. I shouted at poor E one morning when we were running late for school because she didn’t want to walk on the wet grass to get in the car and I couldn’t pick her up as I’d hurt my back. Today, I had to make the decision to send T2 to school even though he was complaining of a headache and tummy ache (his sister has had a vomiting bug so I was half expecting somebody else to catch it, but T2 has a habit of asking for days off and then miraculously being better ten minutes after school starts so I had to make the call – based on the fact he had no temperature – that he would be OK. By the time we got in the car on the way to school, he was fine so I made the right decision but it wasn’t an easy decision to make). Being a parent comes with the most AMAZING experiences, but it also bamboozles me all the time and has my head spinning. How do I know I’m doing the right thing? Haha of course, we don’t know we’re doing the right thing. We can only do our best based on our intuition, what information we have before us and using the techniques and coping mechanisms we’ve learnt during our time as parents.
We are all super parents!
The truth is, we are all pretty special. Parenting is a learning curve, and there will be days we do well and days we know we could have done better. But so long as we’re always learning and moving ourselves forward and striving to be better each day, we are doing the best for our kids.
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One of the things I love most about Australia is that we have bbqs all the time. This was the sort of lifestyle that we dreamed of having in the UK – having the weather to be outdoors and cook outdoors whenever we felt like it.
We have at least one bbq a week, often more. If you follow my migration Instagram account, you’ll see that I love nothing more than firing up our Weber while watching the kids splash around in the pool. And I’ve been secretly lusting after a pizza oven/pizza grill since doing a copywriting project last year that involved me writing about them for a garden centre. Unfortunately, having spent lots of money moving to Australia and with me setting up a new business, we aren’t in a position to invest $$$ in a luxury item like that. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been on my lust-list since we got here.
One day when I was pottering around Bunnings in the bbq section, I saw a rack of pizza stones. I Googled it while I was in the shop and was so excited to find out that you can actually cook pizzas on your bbq! How cool is that? I looked at the range of stones on offer and I bought a pizza making kit. What I liked most about this kit was that it came with the large pizza paddle as I’d read that having one of those was essential – you need a way to get your bbq pizza off the pizza stone and on your plate!
So I dashed to the supermarket, bought some ingredients and toppings and went home to make our first dinner of bbq pizza. If you’re wondering how it works, here’s how you do it.
How to cook pizza on your barbecue
BBQ Pizza for Tales of a Twin Mum - YouTube
First, put the pizza stone into your cold bbq, right on the grills. Turn the heat on and close the lid.
Build your pizzas. I like to use a sauce made with a tin of chopped tomatoes, half a tea spoon of lazy garlic, a good squirt of ketchup and tomato puree and a good pinch of dried mixed herbs. Then add anything you like to the top!
When the pizza stone is hot, scatter some flour on to the stone to stop your pizza from sticking. Slide your pizza on the stone (if you’re making your pizza with a ready-made base you can assemble the topping and then slide it on to the stone easily. If you’re making it with fresh dough, stretch the dough onto a floured board as I did in the video and keep your pizzas small so it’s easy enough to slide them off using the pizza shovel).
Throw a garlic baguette (a baguette spread generously with garlic butter and herbs and stuffed with cheese) wrapped in foil on to the grills, along with some corn on the cobs. With the corn you can par boil them and then either finish on the grills to get the chargrilled flavour, or you can wrap a bunch of them in foil with whatever flavour of butter you like – paprika and herb butter is my favourite. Tip: I use frozen corn cobs as it means I always have some to hand in the freezer, and they cook much faster and softer than fresh.
Cook with the lid down for 10 to 15 minutes, opening occasionally to flip the corn and garlic bread over to heat evenly.
Using the pizza shovel (this really is an essential piece of kit if you plan on trying this), slide the pizza off the stone and onto a plate. I have some great wooden boards I was given for Christmas and these make great serving platters.
Pop another pizza on to cook while you enjoy the first one.
Boom. You have just cooked a wood-fired-style pizza in your own home on your bbq. I’m guessing that if you have a charcoal barbie it would taste even more authentic, but either way this is THE best way to cook pizzas at home. I don’t even use the oven to cook shop bought ones now as it tastes way better cooked this way.
You can also do great toasties on it by putting your sandwich (buttered on the outside) on the hot stone and then flipping half way.
Here are a few different kits (tip: getting a pizza paddle that has a folding handle or a short handle makes it much easier to store as the paddles are pretty big!)
I’ve been self-employed for about 12 years now, and since my boys arrived I’ve been a work at home mum. Knowing I was expecting twins definitely shifted my career focus. This was for two reasons: I realised just how expensive a day of nursery care for two babies was going to be, and I also knew that I wanted to be around to see my babies grow as much as I possibly could. Now, I work from home part-time, which means I can still do school runs and be there for special assemblies and sports days.
Working is so important to me. When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. I get so much out of being my own boss and when you combine it with being a mum aswell my life feels pretty much perfect (obviously, not the glossy/fake Instagram sort of perfect but in more of a realistic Marmite on my shirt/Converse trainers on my feet kind of way). I feel like I’ve got the best of both worlds. I just love writing for a living – without running this blog or my migration site or doing my magazine travel articles I’m sure my mind would implode.
For the last 18 months, I’ve been working on so many different projects. It has been a busy time. We’re just coming to the end of the financial year in Australia and I’ve made a pact to myself that the financial year of 2017 – 2018 is going to be my year. It’s going to be about working in a more focused way on less projects to achieve a bigger outcome.
I have big plans and I intend to work smarter, not harder. I’m going to be more organised and be more productive. I’m going to get out there and find more opportunities and I’m going to smash my goals to pieces. I have so much fire in my belly. It’s not going to be easy; in fact, I know it’s going to be hard. (A big inspiration in this attitude shift came after reading How to Make Money from Blogging by Sharon Gourlay who blogs at Where’s Sharon and Digital Nomad Wannabe. This is an affiliate link but I bought the book myself and it is just incredible – if you want to make money online this is a great read for both novices or seasoned bloggers.)
So it is decided: This year is going to be my year. I want to be able to take my kids on big holidays to South Pacific islands. I want to be able to take them to Hong Kong Disney (E currently has a little picture stuck on her wardrobe that she tore from one of my travel magazines of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She often points to it and tells me Disney is where she wants to go most in the world.) So I am going to do all of these things while keeping the flexibility that allows me to be with them if they’re sick or to attend special school events when they pop up.
While the 2016 – 2017 financial year was all about creating and laying foundations, this next financial year is going to involve building on those foundations to create financial freedom for our family.
Enough about me. Let’s talk about YOU…
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For me personally, I don’t know how we’d cope if I had a 9 – 5 job. We don’t have family around to help with the kids, and realistically for me to get a job in the city would mean a long day of daycare for E, and before and afterschool care for the boys every day (as Hubby works funny shifts and often gets delayed as he works at the airport and if a plane breaks, he needs to stay to help fix it!) My background is event and project management. That involves long hours and staying late at the office. I loved all of the excitement of it before I had kids, but now my priorities are totally different and my mind just wouldn’t be in the game to work those hours. Not to mention the fact that having three young kids brings with it sleep deprivation phases (bad dreams, night time toilet training, crazy early wake ups…) and the idea of going into an office after a night of no sleep is not something I ever want to have to deal with.
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Since moving to Australia, I’ve become immersed in the world of online business creation. It all started when I began freelance writing for an entrepreneur just after we arrived, and then before I knew it I was hooked on the idea of building a business online. Over the last couple of years, I’ve spent hours doing paid online courses and free online training. I’ve probably joined hundreds of Facebook groups and added myself to more email lists than I can count. The idea of online learning is so appealing to me as it is something I can do while I’m on the go – it gets so addictive! It’s cheap or free and it can totally change your life because as a busy mum I really want to be able to work from home around my kids. While I’m not a digital millionaire (yet!), I am learning so many skills right now that I know are going to help me get where I want to be with my online businesses.
If you’re just starting to get interested in the idea of setting up a home-based business or earning money online, this is my list of nine entrepreneurs you should check out.
Nine entrepreneurs you need to follow
Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income
Pat writes the ultimate resource for earning a passive income online. SPI caters for both beginners and seasoned entrepreneurs. Pat’s podcast, blog, book and resources are the best introduction to creating and launching digital products and courses online. There is also a closed Facebook group (search for Smart Passive Income on Facebook) which is a great place to get support from other entrepreneurs.
Darren Rowse from ProBlogger
ProBlogger is the place to go to learn about how to earn money from your blog. Darren organises an annual blogging conference in Australia (I’ve been to three events now and am getting ready for my fourth in a few weeks!) and it is the best conference I’ve ever been to! But even if that is too far to travel, you will still learn a massive amount from Darren’s podcasts, blog and books. I can definitely say that discovering ProBlogger a few years ago was life changing for me and I learn new things from it every day.
Kimra Luna from Kimra Luna
I can’t even remember how I discovered Kimra, but I somehow fell into her closed Facebook group (search for ‘Freedom Hacker’s Mastermind’) and have never looked back. Kimra delivers tonnes of free training via webinars, and the story of her journey to success is really inspiring. She delivers a programme called Be True Brand New which comes very highly recommended in the Facebook groups, but just hanging out with her community on Facebook is a good place to start.
Chandler Bolt from Self Publishing School
I discovered Chandler Bolt when he ran the first hugely successful Self-Publishing Success Summit (which has become an annual event that I now look forward to). The Self-Publishing Summit is an online event with entrepreneurs giving away all of their best tips for free via video interviews with Chandler. I’ve followed his journey, read his books and am a big fan of his blog. I wish the Self-Publishing School had existed when I was starting my book a few years ago as I know it would have made it all a lot easier. He gives away tonnes of tips and advice for free, so is definitely worth a follow even if the course and mastermind community isn’t for you.
Nick Stephenson from Your First 10k Readers
I discovered Nick when he spoke at the Self-Publishing Success Summit last year, and I got loads of value from his talk. He has the most incredible, calm and engaging voice (I think it’s because I now live in Australia and I don’t get to hear that lovely Midland’s accent anymore and it reminds me of home!) and so much of his content is via video, meaning you can listen/watch while cooking dinner, put the washing out etc. while learning (which is how I digest so many podcasts and webinars). His emails are also funny, quirky and thought-provoking and although he is obviously trying to sell you his course, he has a knack of never sounding salesy. He has an awful lot to teach on the subject of audience building, so is well worth checking out.
Jill and Josh Stanton from Screw the Nine to Five
I saw Jill and Josh being recommended in another Facebook group a few years ago and I’m so pleased I found them. Screw is more of a movement than a website. It centres on a mastermind community with a monthly fee, but even without being a member of that I get tonnes of value from their free content as they have a free Facebook group too which is a fantastic place to ask questions and bounce ideas around. If you join their paid community, you get access to an online membership area where you’ll be given exclusive content, endless training courses and tonnes of support from people who get it.
Leonie Dawson from Leonie Dawson
Leonie creates my favourite annual Shining Year Planners. Every year she launches a new batch of resources to help women to have their best year ever both in business and in life. I’ve bought the packs two years in a row now and can see why everyone raves about them. I have a diary (which helps me with setting weekly and monthly tasks), two wall planners, a Shining Year in Life and a Shining Year in Biz workbooks and a to-do list. Having my goals written down and being able to track them is making a huge difference to me. Leonie also runs Academy which gives you access to a huge number of her courses for an annual fee.
Zach Spuckler from Heart, Soul and Hustle
Zach kept popping up in the entrepreneur groups I was part of a few years ago. I started to follow him and then he launched a podcast which made me take notice. He’s really likeable and hugely successful. He’s in his early twenties which show that age doesn’t matter when it comes to online success – all that matters is taking action. I love that he jumps on niches and goes for it (Periscope and Facebook ads are his two main things). I can see him going far and I’m looking forward to following his journey.
Sharon Gourlay from Where’s Sharon and Digital Nomad Wannabe
Sharon has made a huge success with her family travel blog and it was through that that I discovered her Digital Nomad Wannabe site just as she was starting her new career running niche sites. I’ve loved following her journey from starting out and learning the ropes of niche site building to now being hugely successful. Her Digital Nomad Wannabe Facebook group is hands-down the best blogging group I’m a member of as the discussions in there are so practical and actionable. It was a no-brainer for me to buy her book – How to Make Money From Blogging (this is an affiliate link which means I earn a small commission at no cost to you if you buy it) – as soon as it came out. The book is so practical and walks you through everything you need to do in straight and simple language. As a blogger who has been working online since 2008, it was still packed with really useful advice that I haven’t found elsewhere and it was worth way beyond the cost I paid for it. I loved it so much that I’m now on Sharon’s new paid course about creating niche sites. I’m on week three of six and am loving it – she really is very talented to combine her entrepreneurial and tech skills with teaching. (Check back later in the year and I’ll tell you more about how I got on with the course!).
So there you have it – my list of nine must-follow entrepreneurs online that will help you create a home-based business. So whether you’re looking at creating niche sites with Amazon or you want to set up something more specific like move migration website, these guys are a great place to start. I follow way more than this and it was really tough to narrow it down, but these are the ones I think inspire me the most at the moment.
Who inspires you? Do you have any favourite places to go online for inspiration or learning? I’d love for you to share in the comments below.