The Big Freeze Festival is almost here! 

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You would’ve read about our fun day out at the launch of The Big Freeze Festival back in April posted here. The wait is finally over as the festival opens this July 2nd and will be run through until July 10th at the Cranbourne Racecourse.

The purpose of the festival is to empower kids to be active, creative and use their imaginations within a spectacular winter wonderland setting. Bringing the magic of beautiful white snowfall to you, The Big Freeze Festival will have nine magical and interactive winter play zones and activities to keep everyone active including snowboarding and construction play, stage performances and workshops to name a few.

What we love is the fact that organisers of The Big Freeze Festival are giving families a fantastic opportunity to keep healthy and active during the chilly days and bringing both the snow and interactive workshops together in one family-friendly place. Some of the workshops include:

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~ family Zumba
~ cartoon drawing
~ karate
~sword fighting
– family yoga, and so much more.
Plus, fresh snow three times a day, a giant snow globe (great photo opp!), a snow pit, snow toss and snow village all in one venue!

Win a family pass to attendThe Big Freeze Festival this July! ***Giveaway now closed – Congratulations to our winner Lucy Wilson. Thank you for all your entries, we love being able to share these exciting events with you all**
 We would love for you and your family to experience the fun at this first ever year of The Big Freeze Festival by giving away one family pass (2 adults + 2 children) to attend this fantastic event on Saturday July 2nd 2016*
*A snow pit session time will be allocated for the winner at the time of ticket processing
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Kids and adults alike will love this new cafe – Go West

Scandinavian interiors. High quality offerings. Smooth coffee. Spacious table seating. Outdoor play.

The perfect combination for delicious and hassle-free brunch date for four mamas and eight kids.

Eight kids?! When did that happen? In the blink of an eye we’ve got preschool aged kids plus four prams with toddlers in them, all of us wanting somewhere easy but pretty to eat and play.

Enter Go West Tuckshop and Eatery. A hot tip from one of our mothers group friends had us heading to the new Woodlea Estate as she said it was worth the trip (thanks Alison!). She was so right!

We played. We ate. We ogled beautiful display homes with huge his and her wardrobe spaces.

All in all it was a fabulous day out.

So fabulous in fact that we were back the next day practically inhaling their cheeseburger with bloody Mary aoili and fries! Daniel ordered the ham and cheese croissant and I patiently waited for his leftovers however I only got one bite! It was heaven…that creamy bechamel sauce.The menu is well rounded with something for everyone and a kids menu as well!

Where: 27 Woodlea blvd, Rockbank
When: Open 7 days a week. For opening hours visit their website here.
What: A gorgeous family friendly cafe. It totally made me want to go home and redecorate our home to get this same Scandinavian vibe. Wonderfully friendly and professional service, we ended up dining here two days in a row!

Fun Fact: The cafe is managed and owned by those behind the esteemed Melbourne restaurants of Entrecote and Second Home. Head west next time you’re after something delicious to eat and a playground to unleash the big kid inside. More pics of the playground can be found here!


It’s all in the details – potted herbs line the front entrance

Their amazingly mouthwatering cheeseburger! – grilled O’Connors, beef patty, Monterey Jack cheddar, Bloody Mary aioli, greens and pickles with frites
Piadini – tomato braised meatballs, bechamel, mozarella and spinach with a little salad
Veggie patches outside the land sales office

Powder room goals – display homes at the Woodlea estateI need this hanging set up in my laundry!

We want to play too! – Woodlea playground

We could see the tall tower from the highway calling us to play. As we got closer there were slides and flying foxes comfortably nestled among the beautifully landscaped playground. We could not get out of our cars any quicker!

This is one of the latest estates in Melbourne’s outer suburbs boasting a well-planned playground to entice home buyers to secure their own little piece of the world. The other space we enjoy visiting especially in the summer time is Werribee’s Riverwalk park.


What: Explore one of Melbourne’s latest playgrounds for some outdoor fun
Where: Just off Woodlea blvd in the Woodlea Estate west of Melbourne. An easy drive along the Western Highway turning right off the Leakes road exit.
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Features: Basketball ring, footy park, table tennis table, bbq’s, cafe (Go West Tuckshop and Eatery), flying foxes, slides, swings, exercise equipment, sand play, trampolines, tunnels and natural elements encouraging kids to use their imaginations
Age: Something for everyone. There are even two flying foxes, one of them has a seat with seatbelts to secure the younger ones
What to bring: Balls to play with the basketball ring, footy posts or table tennis table, a picnic or something for the bbq, a jacket during the winter months as it can get quite cold.
Fun Facts: There are currently only around five homes being occupied in the estate as this is published but land blocks have been selling so fast as each new stage opens, so we predict that this will quickly become a popular meeting place. The cafe next to the playground is run by a few business partners responsible for the restaurants Entrecote and Second Home in Melbourne and Eltham, no wonder our brunch and coffee was on point! A great partnership between the property developers and restaurant operators that if successful will be replicated in the later stages of the estate.Undercover BBQ and seating areaUs adults trying to get in on the swing actionSand play with pulleys, buckets and even a ride on digger, similar to the one at the Ron Barassi playground in the Docklands.Let the kids use their imagination to run around and enjoy the parkFresh and newAnd some exercise equipment for the adults!More sand play at the Woodlea land sales office

Bouncy holes surrounded by rubber surfacesThe letter of the day is…D for Daniel!

We ended up driving out here two days in a row that’s how much fun we had! – first day was with my mothers group and the next day Daniel wanted to take Daddy to show him the “big sandpit” and also to bring his bike and a basketball. I secretly wanted to come back to try the burger for lunch! It was amazing.

Here are some other playgrounds to visit if you want to spend some quality outdoor fun with the kids – Docklands, Yarraville, Werribee.

Have a great long weekend everyone -xx-

What are some of your favourite playgrounds?
Daniel would love to check them out!

Mama Mondays – Was it on sale mummy?

I just had to capture his crooked haircut courtesy of Daddy!

When we were getting changed the other day…

D: Where did you get my trackies from Mummy? I like these ones!

Mum: I got them from Bardot Junior!

D: Were they on sale?

Mum: Yes babe, they were on sale.

D: Oh! That’s good then!

He’s only three years old but he’s already checking up on the shopping I do! He seriously surprises us everyday with the things he says.

I love his early awareness of budgeting. Hopefully he’ll be way better than I am when it comes to spending! I’m trying to be better though.

What are some little things you do to keep your budget in check?

Mini Interview with my three year old 

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This has been doing the rounds on Facebook so I thought I’d have a little chat with Daniel to see what he had to say!

Without any prompting, ask your child these questions:

* What is your name? Daniel

* How old are you? Three

* How old is Daddy? 18 months

* How old is Mummy? 3 months

* What is your favourite food? Noodles

* What is your favourite color? Green

* Who is your best friend? Alyssa from preschool (I didn’t even know there was an Alyssa in his class?!)

*What is your favourite song? Man In The Mirror and (he starts singing) “Baby, baby, baby OHHHHHH” (Baby by Justin Bieber)

* What is your favourite animal? Giraffe

* What are you scared of? Huh? I’m not scared!

* What makes you happy? Mummy

* Where is your favourite place to go? Disneyland (he hasn’t been even been yet!)

* What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor

* What is mummy’s favourite thing to do? Play with Daniel

* What is daddy’s favourite thing to do? Go to work and say hi to his friends with me!

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Mama Mondays – 7 months post partum

Mama Mondays – 7 months post partum update
(I know it’s not a Monday but this post has been sitting in my drafts for so long now and I just had to get it out!)

Height/Weight: It has been such a hectic month and I’ve forgotten to weigh Hannah and myself! I’ll do so when she wakes up and update this post. Hannah is growing out of her clothes so quickly and is wearing 00 and 0 sized onesies.

Routine/Sleep: Hannah is still taking around three naps a day but it’s slowly morphing into only two – a long one from mid morning to lunchtime and one later in the afternoon. She still isn’t sleeping straight through the night and wakes a couple of times and needs to be settled which only takes a couple of minutes. Even though she may cry, it doesn’t wake Daniel up which is so good! He seems to able to sleep through anything just like Daddy.

Eating/Feeding: Hannah has totally got the hang of eating and loves her veggies and savoury food. I gave her a mix of fruits and she found it so sour and sweet and spat it straight out! She has already tried some egg and didn’t have any reaction to it and we’re yet to try peanuts, honey etc. We’ve got our 8 month check up with the maternal health nurse next month, it feels like ages since we’ve seen her. Hannah also has a bit of cool boiled water after having solids. She is still being breastfed and we have tried giving her the bottle but she just bites it and plays with it instead of actually drinking properly! Milestones: So many milestones have happened in just the last month. Hannah started to move around by rolling and doing 360’s to get to her toys. Within a week she was trying to commando-crawl and now she moves around by using both her arms and legs and looks like a little caterpillar 🙂

She loves her food…and giving out lots of smiles!

Hannah is as animated as ever and both her and her big brother have the most lively and bright facial expressions I’ve ever seen.

Hannah has also been babbling away – she is quite the chatterbox (the hubby says “I wonder where she gets that from!”). She is making a lot of different sounds like “da da da”, “mmmmma”, “be be be” and clicking sounds with her tongue. She is especially chatty in the mornings and after she has eaten a meal.

This month has been such a roller coaster of emotions for us all including Daniel as we’ve had a few things happen to some of our family members including sickness and a move overseas 🙁 I’ve been quite emotional lately and even though to others it may seem like I’m always happy, this past month has just been a whirlwind of feelings and I’ve felt so drained so I’m sorry for the lack of blog posts here. I’m still posting regularly on my Snapchat (@jacq-fruit) and Instagram feed though so you can catch me on there as well. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things now so let me know what kinds of posts you want to see here!

Happy first of the month! Good night!

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Hannah falls asleep so easily with my sis and some of my aunties and cousins! Wish she was like that with me! Date night at Vue De Monde. Daniel (and myself and the hubby) so sad saying goodbye to our cousins and aunty 🙁