How to make a Driftwood Christmas Tree November 19 2017, 0 Comments
Unlock your inner creative with a fun DIY project this festive season.
Christmas is just around the corner so now is the time to try your hand at making a Driftwood Christmas Tree. It’s a stunning, rustic twist on a conventional tree that will look AMAZING in your home this Christmas. All you need is:
- Driftwood in various lengths (send the kids outside on an adventure collecting driftwood from the beach)
- Natural twine
- Clear beading thread
- A selection of lightweight shells, shell pieces & Christmas trinkets
- Tree lights (optional)
Step 1: Lay out your driftwood in a Christmas Tree shape. Consider adequate spacing to allow for decorations and trinkets.
Step 2: Cut your twine so that it is at least double (and a bit more) the length of the Christmas Tree structure. Cut two pieces of this length.
- Tie a regular knot.
- Slip your driftwood branch into the knot.
- Tighten the first knot, then make another.
- Again slip your driftwood branch into the knot.
- Tip: it’s easier to make the knot first, then slip in the driftwood.
- Continue until you have completed one ‘side’ of your driftwood Christmas Tree.
- Repeat for the other side.
- Keep your knots all on the ‘underside’ for both sides.
- On the bottom ‘rung’ make it a double knot.
- After getting the driftwood in position, glue the knots.
- The underside will be glued, but it won’t show as a wall hanging.
Step 3: Decorate with beach and Christmas themed trinkets and lights (optional).
Step 4: Hang and voila! Like & Share with your friends.
A winter dip can save children from the summer rip! July 20 2017, 0 Comments
With the colder months now upon us, this is a timely reminder to parents to avoid giving the pool the cold shoulder this winter as research shows year-round swimming lessons can reduce drowning rates of young children by 88 per cent*. Keep your kids nice and warm with a fabulous beach robe or swim robe!
Swimming is a key Life Skill.
Keep your children's skill levels up with winter swimming lessons.
Many children who stop swimming over the winter months can regress when they return to the pool in summer. Why waste all that effort and money on swimming lessons in the warmer months only to drop them during the cooler months? By swimming regularly during winter in an indoor heated pool they can continually improve and progress their skills.
Swim schools around Australia often find that as winter comes parents think it’s a good opportunity for their children to take a break from swimming to avoid getting a cold or getting sick, however they will happily send them off to play footy out in the freezing cold.
It’s no secret that swimming is fantastic for fitness all year round. Whether your child plays soccer, AFL, rugby, netball, basketball, gymnastics, cricket or other sport, then regular swimming all year-round will increase their overall fitness to help support and maximise their on-field performance during their pre-season training and weekend games.
Finally, the benefits of learning about water safety cannot be emphasised enough for both young and older children.The chances are that your children will spend a lot of time in, around or near water in the warmer months which increases the risk of potential drowning. A winter dip truly can save children from the summer rip! Swimming lessons through winter will allow them to continue with the development of their skills whilst increasing their knowledge of water safety awareness. Shop beach robe or swim robe.
*Source: Herald Sun 2016
September School Holidays - 10 Must-See Destinations September 25 2016, 0 Comments
The September school holidays are upon us. To make sure you never hear those two dreaded words “I’m bored!”, we have put together our Top 10 family-friendly destinations to visit these school holidays. Spring is a superb time of year to head north and inland for a travel experience that otherwise may have climate factors making it uncomfortable to visit at other times of the year.
Dubbed “The Opal Capital of the World”, Coober Pedy is an isolated mining town situated smack-bang in the middle of the South Australian outback is renowned for its scorching hot temperatures that force many of its residents to seek refuge in homes underground. However, it’s also got enough of its own distinct sightseeing attributes and cultural quirks to make for one of Australia’s more unique visits.
If you’re wanting to visit a destination quite unlike anywhere else in the country then it’s well worth the investment of both time and money.
The standout beauty in Tropical North Queensland is where the rainforest meets the reef, literally.
Palm Cove is a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees line the casual esplanade. No need for a beach umbrella, just find a shady spot under the palm trees! It is a tropical paradise which provides for all of your needs and ensures your holiday will be one to remember in an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication.
There are numerous accommodation options to suit all budgets from resorts, hotels, apartments and holiday homes and a host of other services and attractions including trips out to The Great Barrier Reef, rainforest excursions, countless water sports, fishing off the jetty or just lazing around on the beach. There are a host of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets too.
This tropical paradise is only 25 minutes north of Cairns airport. Don't forget to pack your beach robe!
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
Stay the night and wake up in the wild!
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located in Dubbo, in central west New South Wales. The Zoo is home to hundreds of animals from around the world including tigers, hippopotamus’, friendly giraffes and so many more. The zoo consists of a 6km circuit that meanders through natural bushland and around large open style exhibits.
The ideal way to get around the zoo is on bikes. Bring your own or hire there. There are also electric carts available for hire for those little ones who are not yet ready to ride the distance by themselves.
Accommodation options include the Billabong Campsite, Zoofari Lodge and Savannah Cabins.
A visit to the world’s largest sand island is on many people’s bucket lists.
World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is one of the most incredible islands on earth and has the absolute best that one island can offer – cool towering rainforests to walk through, over 100 freshwater lakes to swim in, huge sand blows to climb, an amazing 120km beach highway, complete with a shipwreck and cliffs of stunning coloured sands.
Though surrounded by untamed wilderness and rugged terrain, Fraser Island boasts luxurious, relaxing and natural accommodation experiences.
Fraser Island is located off the east coast of Queensland and offers some of the best beach fishing experiences in the world. Don't forget to pack your favourite beach robe!
Booderee National Park
Booderee National Park is located at Jervis Bay on the South Coast of NSW - the ideal place for a tranquil getaway or a relaxed family holiday.
The area is a quiet paradise of pristine coastal bushland, wildlife and crystalline ocean. The white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are well-known and loved by all who visit. Set among bushland, the park offers relaxed camping at Green Patch and Caves Beach, idyllic beaches, pretty bushwalks as well as plenty of water sports and activities for the family to enjoy. Don't forget to pack your favourite beach robe!
The ultimate outback Australian experience and what better time of year to visit one of the natural wonders of the world than in Spring.
The whole family will love experiencing the physical and cultural significance of this Australian icon. The spectacular sunrises & sunsets will be forever etched into your memory.
Theme Parks - Gold Coast
If you are looking for some fun and excitement these school holidays, then Spring is a superb time to visit the top 3 theme parks - Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild.
Experience first-class rides, action-packed shows and join a world of fun on the Gold Coast.
Broome is a beach resort town in WA’s Kimberley region.
Broome is located on a peninsular where one of the world’s last great wildernesses meets the Indian Ocean. The pristine waters, wide empty beaches, abundant wildlife, tropical climate and breathtaking colours attract thousands of visitors each year.
There is so much to see and discover, so many unique, ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences. Whether you are a thrill seeker, adventurer, culture vulture, water lover or sun seeker, Broome has it all.
The Flinders Ranges
Get a taste of the Outback and go camping under the stars at The Flinders Ranges.
The Flinders Ranges National Park is a 94,908 hectare park located approx four hours drive north of Adelaide.
Breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife with everything from wallabies, kangaroos, emus, large eagles and more, turn off the electronic devices, bring the marshmallows and go bush for a week or two. It is always such a joy to see the kids playing in nature and exploring their surroundings.
Hervey Bay Whale Watching
Hervey Bay is a coastal city in south QLD and is widely known as a destination for observing humpback whales. Whale-watching boats operate multiple times a day during the July–November migration season so you are pretty much guaranteed to see some serious whale activity and observe these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
Spring school holidays really are the best - its not too cold, not too hot, so perfect for getting out and about.
Shop 'Til You Drop | One Fine Baby Family & Lifestyle Fair August 07 2016, 0 Comments
We are really looking forward to exhibiting our beach robes and swim robes this weekend at the One Fine Baby Family & Lifestyle Fair at Australian Technology Park, Sydney. One Fine Baby is the most unique and stylish family and lifestyle fair in Australia. They bring together a hand-picked selection of the best and most stylish brands in the child and parent related industries for a shopping experience and fun family day out like no other.
Friday 12 August - VIP Shopping Night & Guest Speaker Panel including gorgeous mums Carrie Bickmore, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Kyly Clarke, Kate Ritchie and more!
Saturday 13 August & Sunday 14 August - Shop Till You Drop.
See website for tickets & details
Summer Holidays in Australia August 03 2016, 0 Comments
Planning a summer holiday? Don't forget to pack your favourite beach robe. Now is the perfect time for holiday planning. Where’s your favourite place to holiday in Australia in summer?
We love the far north coast region of New South Wales. Kingscliff and Cabarita Beach are family favourites.
Miles of sand stretching as far as the eye can see, sparkling blue & turquoise ocean waters and some of the best, cleanest beaches in Australia. We just love it!
Start the day by watching the magical sunrise. Daily walks along the beach collecting treasures, daily bike rides along the cycle ways right next to the beach, non-stop swimming in the pool, jumping waves in the beautiful ocean and of course, ice cream. That’s what summer holidays in Australia are all about. Getting the kids outdoors and making memories at the same time. It’s as simple & easy as that.
Both destinations are great coastal towns with everything to suit all budgets & holiday styles. Both destinations are also surfing hotspots. Locals and pro-surfers from all over come here in search of that perfect wave. They put on quite a show coming within inches of the rocky coastline and it’s amazing to watch.
Kingscliff also has a fantastic estuary access for swimming, fishing, SUP and all other water sports.
A daily walk up to Norries Head at the southern end of Cabarita Beach is a must. If you’re there at the right time you will see plenty of dolphins and whales. The view from the top either side is also pretty spectacular.
Throw in fantastic restaurants, cafes, homewares & lifestyle boutiques and you have one of the best beach holiday destinations in New South Wales.
Bring on summer! And don't forget to pack the kid's favourite beach robe.
Authoritative List of Australia's Best Beaches July 23 2016, 0 Comments
Did you know there are 11,000+ beaches in Australia?
We LOVE the work of the guys from 101BestBeaches.Com
Brad Farmer has spent a lifetime exploring the best beaches in Australia, and doing everything he can to protect them.
Prof. Andy Short OAM (or Professor Coast as he is sometimes called). After an acclaimed career dedicated to the study of coastal geomorphology, including documenting first hand every single beach in Australia, he now lives near his favourite surfing spot, somewhere on the NSW south coast.
Check out their guide to Australia's Best Beaches at 101BestBeaches.Com
Winter Swimming Lessons July 22 2016, 0 Comments
Should you continue your child’s swimming lessons during the winter months?
YES! There are many reasons and benefits to continue your child’s swimming lessons during the winter months.
We’d like to share our top 3 with you:
Swimming is a key Life Skill. Keep your children's skill levels up with winter swimming lessons. Many children who stop swimming over the winter months can regress when they return to the pool in summer. Why waste all that effort and money on swimming lessons in the warmer months only to drop them during the cooler months? By swimming regularly during winter in an indoor heated pool they can continually improve and progress their skills.
It’s no secret that swimming is fantastic for fitness all year round. Whether your child plays soccer, AFL, rugby, netball, basketball, cricket or other sport, then regular swimming will increase their overall fitness to help support and maximise their on-field performance during their weekend games.
The benefits of learning about water safety cannot be emphasised enough for both young and older children.The chances are that your children will spend alot of time in, around or near water in the warmer months which increases the risk of potential drowning. Swimming lessons through winter will allow them to continue with the development of their skills whilst increasing their knowledge of water safety awareness. Keep them dry and warm with a fabulous and practical swim robe!
Parsley Bay July 18 2014, 0 Comments
Sydney's little slice of paradise & Woollahra's best kept secret! We walked over this suspension bridge back in early March as part of our 50km trek from Coogee to Balmoral for 2016 Coastrek. This was one of many beautiful places we came across and I’ll be taking the children here during the school holidays to explore further. I love this aerial shot taken by @alphaflight_aero - Aerial Drone Photography and Videography Specialists.