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SAM & SNEZANA WOOD PARENTS TO EVE & WILLOW (PLUS BUB ON THE WAY!)

SAM WOOD FOUNDER OF ONLINE TRAINING, NUTRITION & MINDFULNESS PROGRAM 28 BY SAM WOOD THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA SEASON 3

SNEZANA WOOD GRADUATE OF MOLECULAR GENETICS & BIOTECHNOLOGY THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA SEASON 3
FEATURED DESTINATION PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Sam says…
There are two main reasons why we love to go to Perth: family and beaches.

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Eve is so close with her grandparents and cousins and Willow absolutely loves trying to play with the older girls.

“Snezana is from Perth and she has the most beautiful, down to earth family I have ever met. We all love to visit so we try to do this a couple of times a year”

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WHERE SAM & SNEZ STAY
We usually stay with Marko and a Menka (Snezana’s Mum and Dad). It’s cozy but that’s what family is all about.
The weather is always perfect and we spend a lot of time down at Scarborough (about 10 minutes from Snezana’s parents house) and the beaches there.

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SAM & SNEZ’S TOP FIVE PERTH FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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1. HIT THE BEACH

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2. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO PERTH ZOO
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3. HIDE OUT AT HYDE PARK
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This week we had the pleasure of sitting down with Cameron Holland, CEO of Luxury Escapes. One of the world’s fastest growing travel websites, providing access to limited-time offers at ‘insider’ prices.

Cameron Holland, CEO of Luxury Escapes

Frequently travelling with his two daughters, aged 5 and 8 in tow, Cameron shares his top five family-friendly travel tips.

1. CHOOSE ACCOMMODATION WISELY

Choosing child-friendly properties with babysitting, separate kids pools or kids clubs, can allow you to spend a lot more ‘me-time’. We also always make sure to triple check the fine print on age restrictions, open times and activities on offer to ensure you’re getting the right inclusions for your family.

At Luxury Escapes, our website has a ‘family friendly’ filter (which is actually the most used filter on-site) so parents are easily able to find suitable holidays.

2. KEEP THE CHILDREN BUSY AND AT BAY

It’s always good to have activities on hand – colouring books are great for planes and restaurants.

For kids with iPads or devices, make sure you preload any streaming app for the flight. I’ve also noticed there are plenty of options for kids Bluetooth headphones out now, which has put an end to the all too frequent damage to our old corded models.

3. EXPLORE YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

It can be daunting travelling on long flights with children – so domestic holidays are often the easiest option. You can avoid the stress of an international holiday (long flights, language barriers, currency exchange etc.) while still experiencing new destinations and enjoying a relaxing time as a family.

Domestic escapes accounted for 43% of holidays booked in 2018 so there’s plenty of families making the most of the beautiful destinations Australia has to offer.

4. SEARCH FOR ‘KIDS STAY AND EAT FREE PACKAGES”

If you are travelling overseas with school-aged kids you’re often restricted to school holiday periods which are usually subject to surcharges. We always recommend looking for a ‘kids stay and eat free’ package such as the ​Melia Bali​, which has kids club access included, so both parents and children get to enjoy a holiday.

5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TREAT YOURSELF!

There’s somewhat of a misconception that luxury travel is only for honeymooners or empty-nesters…that’s certainly not the case. Luxury resorts are becoming increasingly family friendly, allowing parents to enjoy all of the luxury inclusions built into packages, like cocktails, massages and fine dining experiences while still bonding with their kids and creating family memories.

For more information on Luxury Escapes visit www.luxuryescapes.com

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching (husband: take note), we’ve decided to round-up some of our favourite gift ideas for the on-the-go-mum!

A little indulgent? Perhaps. Do mums deserve it? Heck yes!

1. FOR HER SKIN: SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Serum

Just three drops to the entire face and neck area pre and post flight – and she’ll be glowing!

RRP: $116.10 from Adore Beauty

2. FOR ALL THE LITTLE THINGS: The Daily Edited Clear Travel Cosmetic Case

Personalisation always means ‘thoughtful’.  Make mum’s day with these new clear designs to keep everything safely stored and easy to find.

RRP: $99.95 from The Daily Edited

3. FOR HER EN-ROUTE ENSEMBLE: JAGGAD Life Athletic

Nothing says travel-comfort quite like leisurewear. And thanks to Jaggad we can actually pretend we’ve made an effort – win win!

RRP: Pick up a gift card and let the fun begin!

4. FOR HER BEAUTY SLEEP: Tempur Travel Pillow

Give mum comfort and luxury anywhere she wanders with this genius travel invention! The same comfort as Tempur’s full size pillows – but only half the width.

RRP:  $199 Find your nearest stockist here

5. FOR ALL THE THINGS! The Horse Backpack

Travelling always requires a backpack! Save the tote for the beach. Mums need something that carries it all, has lots of compartments and keeps both hands free. The Horse heard us loud and clear.

RRP: $299 from The Horse

6. FOR THE MOTHER-LOAD: Antler Juno Metallic DLX Suitcase

With a tough (chic as) shell, 360 wheel-rotation, multi-compartment design and 10 year warranty, can you really go past the Antler Juno? I think not.

RRP: $279 via Antler Luggage

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ROXY JACENKO

DIRECTOR OF SWEATY BETTY PR & THE MINISTRY OF TALENT AUTHOR: MOST RECENT BOOK “PENELOPE’S PLAYGROUND” WRITTEN WITH DAUGHTER PIXIE CURTIS MOTHER TO PIXIE & HUNTER

FEATURED DESTINATION MALOLO ISLAND, FIJI

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Roxy says…

Fiji is a gorgeous location and just so close to Sydney it makes it an easy location to travel with children.

There is nothing worse than spending hours on a plane with kids so three hours is just perfect!

  WHERE ROXY STAYED

This time around we stayed at Six Senses which was a beautiful location and easy to get to from Nadi airport.

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Editor’s note: How to get there? The speedboat journey to Six Senses Fiji takes approximately 35 minutes from Denarau Marina. Alternatively, a short helicopter journey from the mainland (Nadi International Airport, Denarau or other locations) will whisk you to the resort’s own helipad.

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MICHAEL KLIM OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST, WORLD CHAMPION SWIMMER & FORMER WORLD RECORD-HOLDER FOUNDER OF MILK & CO, KLIM BY MICHAEL KLIM & KLIM SWIM FATHER TO STELLA, ROCCO & FRANKIE

FEATURED DESTINATION NOOSA, QUEENSLAND

Michael says…

Noosa is definitely one of our favourite Australian destinations to holiday. Whether it’s just for a weekend or a longer stay, we love heading to Noosa.

It’s one of those destinations that is an easy option to get to and the moment you are there, it’s relaxation time.

“There are so many good things to discover in Noosa”  Michael Klim

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WHERE TO STAY

We generally stay beachfront at Seahaven Noosa. They are spacious apartments right on Noosa Main Beach with views to the Headland and right up to Double Island Point.

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If I am travelling without the kids, the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort is also great and their poolside cabanas are very chilled and a great place to spend an afternoon relaxing.

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PLANE PAL IS… ‘PLANE’ AND SIMPLE GENIUS

Invented by an Aussie mother of three with a clear vision to make travelling with children less stressful, Plane Pal is the answer to parents actually being able to enjoy a flight, watch a movie and perhaps even get some shut-eye for a change!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

For instant comfort at 30,000 feet, simply inflate and place in front of a plane seat. Voila!

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Sounds simple enough? But wait, there’s more!

FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT PLANE PAL

1. IT’S BEEN EVERYWHERE, MAN

While Plane Pal was designed with aircraft in mind, it can be used en route virtually anywhere!

  • In the car – with the bonus of little ones being unable to kick your seat, and for reasons I can’t explain, their heads don’t seem to flop forward as much either (added bonus)!
  • On the train
  • On the bus
  • In the caravan
  • And even in your living room as an ottoman! (Trés chic, non?)

2. IT’S EASIER TO INFLATE THAN A POOL DONUT

Plane Pal comes with a handy inflation kit. But, you can also easily inflate it yourself. If you’ve got enough puff for a pool donut, then Plane Pal will feel like a breeze.  Only takes a couple of minutes to inflate – and seconds to deflate!

3. UPSIDE DOWN, ROUND AND ROUND

Depending on your use for Plane Pal, it will fit virtually any aircraft, bus, car, train or caravan. Place it length ways for the exit/bulkhead row, sideways, right way up, upside down, partially deflated, the options are endless.

Length ways for Bulkhead rows

Upside down for budget carriers (and also cars)

Right way up for Standard airlines

4. KEEP CALM AND PUT THOSE FEET UP

We love that Plane Pal has two chambers. So if you prefer a footrest, simply inflate only the top section to achieve instant anti-DVT leg support.

5. SEAL OF APPROVAL

Plane Pal is approved by over 40 airlines! Just keep it deflated during take off and landing and avoid the aisle seats. Otherwise, you’re good to go!

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WHAT YOU CAN WIN!

1 x Plane Pal Travel Pillow with Pump – worth $79.95

OR

2 x 6 Packs of Packing Pals (Including Free Laundry Bag) – worth $119.90

Prizes alternate every month for 12 months

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  • Prize One: 1 x Plane Pal Travel Pillow including Pump Kit worth $79.95: Entries Open: 30 Jan 2019 | Entries Close: Midnight AEST 28 Feb 2019
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Our current Baby Jogger City Tour has been a godsend; clocking up countless miles along our various travel escapades.

So when Baby Jogger gave us the opportunity to review the all-new, all-improved, pimped up version, we were immediately on board.

After testing it out for a few weeks, here’s what we discovered…

SO WHAT’S NEW?

Aside from a sleek new design and chic fabric, in a nutshell the new City Tour 2 has all the modifications you never knew you needed – until now.

1. IT’S NOW SUITABLE FROM NEWBORN STAGE

Gone are the days of waiting until bub is 6 months old, the new City Tour 2 can transport even the newest of newborns.

Check out that near flat recline!

Full recline demonstrated above – with belly bar (sold separately)

Plus a clever little peep through

2. IT’S NOW COMPATIBLE WITH THE FOLDABLE BASSINET

Yes you heard that right – foldable bassinet!

Sold separately, you can give your little cherub all the extra comfort and coziness by simply attaching the alternate seat directly onto the brackets.

3. IT’S LIGHTWEIGHT – BUT HOLDS A HEAVYWEIGHT LOAD

Only 6.5kg to carry, but holds a huge 22kg bubba. Win-win!

4. IT’S NOW COMPATIBLE WITH THE ‘CITY GO CAPSULE’

Yes, even more options!

The ability to click your little one straight onto the pram or into the car without disruption – is pure parent-bliss!

5. IT’S NOW FOLDABLE WITH ONE EASY STEP

Let’s face it, as parents we rarely have two hands free at the same time. So bravo to Baby Jogger for creating the one-hand fold.

Voila!

6. THE TYRES ARE WHEELIE PIMPED UP

Enjoy an even better ride with new, improved lightweight durable ‘ERP’ technology tyres.

7. BUB CAN NOW KICK UP THOSE HEELS

We are absolutely loving the option to pop up the new adjustable calf support to avoid bub slipping down – providing the most comfortable sleeping position.

8. EVEN THE CARRY BAG IS BETTER

Baby Jogger, you’ve thought of everything!

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, even the carry bag is larger – generous enough to hold the City Tour 2 OR the Folding Bassinet (sold separately).

GIVEAWAY WIN YOUR OWN BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2!

 Choose from Seacrest, Slate or Jet colour

TOTAL VALUE: $499

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JACQUELINE ALWILL MUM TO SON JET NUTRITIONIST FOUNDER OF THE BROWN PAPER BAG HEALTH & BEAUTY AMBASSADOR FOR HIVITA

FEATURED DESTINATION SRI LANKA

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Jacqueline says…

We’ve literally just touched down from Sri Lanka and have absolutely fallen in love with it! There is so much on offer culturally, food wise, coast and inland adventures. But the best of all it was a beautiful time just to reconnect as a family after a big year.

The highlight for us was our morning ritual of a gentle wake up, roti (flat bread) filled with either banana, pineapple or spicy vegetable (so incredibly good!) with a papaya juice, followed by a surf at one of the many incredible beach breaks along the southern province of Lanka.

WHERE TO STAY

We based ourselves in Weligama and traveled from there in tuk-tuks (so much fun for big and little kids alike) with our surf boards strapped to the roof we just stopped wherever we felt like it. Whilst there is lots on offer in terms of surf, forest adventures, historical elements, the beauty of Sri Lanka is that it isn’t over developed and so the simple pleasures like days on the beach with naps and not making ourselves ‘busy’ with so many holiday activities is what made our time there the most special.

OUT & ABOUT IN SRI LANKA

In the southern province of Sri Lanka there are beautiful historical monuments such as the Galle Forte which is worth a visit, especially at sun down with a gelato from Isle of Gelato (salted caramel was phenomenal just in case you needed more reason to go!).

Along the coast as you travel (by tuk tuk naturally) you can stop at lots of different beaches and if you’re lucky enough see the turtles pop their head out of the water and swim with them.  New Years Day this year I was walking on the beach and came across a baby turtle whom I helped back out to sea, I feel confident he was a good omen for the year ahead!

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We also ensured we visited the gorgeous tea plantations and experienced the finest Sri Lankan (Ceylon) tea. Walking through the expansive plantation my son Jet was really taken by the men climbing and picking coconuts high in the coconut tree, and the different varieties of teas grown there. I think he was most fixated on the tea tasting experience at the end however as he loves tea and absolutely dived into the tasting – mango flavoured tea was the winner!

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Mirissa is beautiful for snorkeling and the highly instagrammed palm tree peninsula was gorgeous, especially at sunset. You can go onto the restaurants in Mirissa after sundown and enjoy some of the absolutely scrumptious local fare. The food in Sri Lanka is heaven – we became obsessed by it! Such an amazing variety of food and so much flavour – absolutely something for everyone!

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And… because we’re such a family of foodies, we attended a cooking class one evening (taught in a kitchen 185 years old!) to learn how to make the foods we love. Immersing ourselves in the Sri Lankan food, we learnt vegan, Ayurvedic recipes for traditional dhal, sweet potato salad, an absolutely divine pineapple mushroom dish and the best raw coconut pineapple cake for dessert. We all agreed that evening at Welle Gedara was the pinnacle foodie moment on our trip.

Big. Call.

I think the highlight for all of us though was our days spent at Kabalana beach. We ate roti surfed, ate more roti, swam, body bashed, saw turtles, enjoyed seafood and fried rice for lunch, slept, read books, hung out and Jet made a lovely little friend, a local Sri Lankan boy of the same age, Carindu. Even without speaking each other’s language they understood each other completely, because play is a universal language.

We didn’t need to race about on this holiday and tick boxes, we just needed to ‘be’ as a family and we did just that.

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JACQUELINE’S TOP 5 SRI LANKAN TIPS

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1. REEF WITH A SIDE OF ROTI

You must visit Kabalana beach..

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Road trips, train rides, long flights and transit delays all call for a little entertainment to pass the time. But what if you could secretly get your children doing extra homework without them cottoning-on?

When they’ve had enough of the usual card games, balloon games, and eye-spy, give these digital learning games a try.

Just don’t mention they’re educational 1. MATIFIC GALAXY

*Editor’s Pick

This is by far our go-to right now. Our children are loving the challenges because they feel like they’re playing games, not honing their maths skills.

The creators use ‘genuine gamification’ (the typical elements of playing games) to get them hooked. Think of it like hiding vegetables in your children’s favourite dinner. At last you can forget about ‘bad’ screen-time and actually encourage them to get on board Matific Galaxy!

THE 411 ON MATIFIC GALAXY

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Kindergarten to Grade 6

HOW TO PLAY: Matific Galaxy is fully downloadable onto whatever device you’re using (via the Apple app store, Google play store or as a desktop app).

BONUS! You won’t need WIFI to use all the features.

2. DUOLINGO KIDS

Tap into your child’s natural ability to learn languages from a very young age.  Scientifically, it’s because they form neural connections rapidly (allowing them to form even native accents).

But, enough science.  All you need to know is Duolingo Kids is a super fun way for your children to learn new languages in a ‘gamified’ environment; unlocking new levels, earning crowns and playing with friendly, animated characters!

THE 411 ON DUOLINGO KIDS

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Babies to 5 years old

HOW TO PLAY: Download from the Apple app store

BONUS! Duolingo Kids can be used both offline and online

3. EGGY GAMES

From the creators of ABC Reading Eggs (which most parents are aware of) comes a complete suite of Eggy Apps ready to fill those long travelling voids.

Just look at all these options!

KINDERGARTEN+

  • Mathseeds Play & Learn

FROM 3 YEARS+

  • The Eggsperts Appisodes
  • Eggy Alphabet
  • Eggy Word Snap
  • Eggy Numbers
  • Eggs Phonics
  • Eggy Vocabulary
  • Eggy Words *Our pick
  • Eggy Nursery Rhymes

FROM 4+ YEARS

  • Eggy Subtract to 20
  • Eggy Time
  • Eggy Animal Stories
  • Eggy Add to 20
  • Targeting Maths

FROM 5+ YEARS

  • Eggy Times Tables
  • Eggs Numbers to 100

FROM 6+ YEARS

  • Spelling Games
THE 411 ON EGGY APPS

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 2 to 12 years

HOW TO PLAY: Download all the Eggy Apps on the Apple App store, Google Play and Amazon Apps – depending on the game

4. TINY TAP

If you want to access 150,000 educational games handmade by teachers, then this app is for you!

Tiny Tap turns screen time into an active learning experience including everything from games, puzzles, quizzes, e-books, soundboards, interactive presentations, digital textbooks, photo albums, classroom activities, plus many more!

THE 411 ON TINY TAP

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 2 to 8 years

HOW TO PLAY: Download via Apple App Store, Google Play and via desktop

BONUS! You can download games ahead of time in case WIFI is limited

5. DR PANDA

*Editor’s special commendation

What’s not to love about a Panda bear – and this one is oh, so adorable! If you haven’t used Dr Panda, get your children on the program. With Dr. Panda, kids can discover the world, while creating their own experiences and having fun. They could run their own restaurant, be a firefighter, build their own city or blast off into space. There is so much cuteness and fun you’re fingers will be twitching to join in!

Games include:

DR. PANDA TOWN GAMES:

  • Pet World
  • Vacation
  • Mall

DR. PANDA FOOD THEMED GAMES:

  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant 2
  • Restaurant 3 *Our pick!
  • Veggie Garden
  • Supermarket
  • Ice Cream Truck
  • Candy Factory

Plus so many more; Hospital, Daycare, Beauty Salon, Handyman, Art Class, Airport, Bus Driver, Mailman, School and the list goes on and on.

THE 411 ON DR. PANDA

  • AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 4+
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SASHA BENZ MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN FOUNDER OF ALL MY FRIENDS ARE MODELS BLOG CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SURF LODGE CEO OF CINQ – THE PERFECT CONNECTION APP

OLI BENZ FATHER OF TWO CHILDREN MODEL PROFESSIONAL DJ




FEATURED DESTINATION DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Source: Club Med Punta Cana

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

The Dominican Republic observes a dry season from June to September in the North and from November to April in the South. Punta Cana is best visited from November through April.

Source: Club Med Punta Cana

SASHA SAYS…

Oli and I were always super skeptical about all-inclusive family vacations. We assumed they would be really cheesy or generic.

But after a tricky vacation to Bermuda, which involved a lot of unnecessary moving around in the heat (i.e. long distances between restaurants, crowds to get space on beaches, paying to swim in certain areas etc) we decided to take the plunge at a Club Med Punta Cana, and we had a blast!

Source: Club Med Punta Cana

Source: Club Med Punta Cana

SASHA & OLI’S ACCOMMODATION REVIEW WHY WE LOVED CLUB MED PUNTA CANA

1. IT WAS SUPER EASY AND RELAXED

2. THERE WERE LOADS OF ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES FOR THE CHILDREN (AND PARENTS TOO)

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