Gift this book this Christmas, and think of it as one of the greatest investments you’ll make in your child’s future.
Oh wow Melbourne! How many million years has it been since we were allowed to roam the city streets, pick up glorious cups of much needed coffee from the laneways, and visit all the fabulous corners of this city we call home? It feels like forever doesn’t it? However long it’s really been, it’s been far too long and I know lots of us are crying out for some city time. Well, it looks like we may not have to wait much longer, and I have a feeling I’ve found just what you and the kids need to give you all those Melbourne city vibes!
Unique & unforgettable experiences
Just to remind you why our city is so magnificent, Melbourne Marriott Hotel have come up with a glorious city glamping experience for you to enjoy with your family. Imagine their little faces when they see this pre Christmas treat. Awwwww!
When you book this long awaited escape, your 5-star room, which comes with a private courtyard, will feature a glamping teepee for the kids plus all the necessities such as sleeping bags, pillows and outdoor chairs.
The kids get to enjoy a fun night under the stars whilst mama & papa get to snooze in the comfort of a dreamy Marriott bed! We have totally earned this after the year we’ve had! I can picture myself there now. Hotel beds are just the best aren’t they? An added bonus with this package is you get a late check-out up to 1pm, so there’s plenty of time for a lazy brekkie, a little walk and even more fun time in the teepee for the kids whilst you kick back with the paper!
Private courtyard with Tepee tent
Large double bed
Range of custom cushions and blankets
Sleeping bags for 2 children
Fire pit with fairy lights
Individual courtyard mood lighting
Relaxation camp chairs for parents
Picnic table and chairs
Selection of games and board games
Family Picnic Hampers are also available to order to have in the courtyard or take to the park.
For reservations or enquiries: Email: email@example.com
Tel: (+61) 3 9662 3900
To book your family’s once in a lifetime adventure under the city stars click here!
About the Melbourne Marriot Hotel
Discover 5-star amenities and an enviable city center location at the wonderful Melbourne Marriott Hotel. Situated downtown, this contemporary hotel is just a short walk away from theatres, shopping, parks, attractions and restaurants. Unwind in stylish, spacious accommodation, featuring plush bedding and complimentary Wi-Fi – many rooms with stunning Melbourne city views. For relaxation, the Marriot offers a fantastic fitness center with an indoor pool and high-tech gym. Grab cocktails in the Elements Lounge and Bar or indulge in modern Australian cuisine at the hotel’s on-site restaurant. The Melbourne Marriot has an ideal downtown location, exploring top attractions with your family couldn’t be easier.
If people slept outside under the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently – Unknown
I’d love to know if you book this adventure, so keep me posted xx Liv
Sometimes you purchase something and it’s as if the stars align, the angels sing, and everything is right with the world. This was how it was with my first soiree into the gorgeous world of Bimby + Roy. It’s no secret I am a keen lifetime member of the ’round bottom society’ which makes buying intimates as glorious as these, tricky. However, slipping my derrière into the sensationally soft set from Bimby + Roy was a dream come true for this thick thighed, peachy bottomed mama! Soft, stretchy & wireless comfort in glorious designs is just what the sisterhood need isn’t it?
Borne from the dreams of two sisters who lived their childhood years in the Fiji Islands, Bimby + Roy just oozes love. The name stems from the birthplaces of their children, the logo is written in their fathers handwriting and the garments are ethically made in Fiji in the first solar powered facility in region.
Bimby + Roy are all about comfort and versatility, and the beautiful (and fast drying) material means you get to decide whether you wear your intimates’ in bed, in the water or as your daily underwear. IMHO they’re too splendid to hide under your clothes!
Designed in Australia, all the delightful patterns are sublimated on Bimby + Roy’s material, which is one of the most environmentally friendly printing processes. The paper used during the process is frequently donated to Fiji recycling plants, pushing Bimby + Roy to the top of my list. In February 2019, with the help of the Australian Government, Bimby + Roy’s manufacturer opened a child care centre attached to the manufacturing facility. Fees are subsidised by the employer which allows mothers and fathers to have their children close by during working hours. How incredible is that!! There really is no need to head anywhere else for your intimates, as Bimby + Roy tick all the boxes!
Gorgeous on, steeped in kindness and great for the planet, these are intimates you need in your life! Liv xx
It will come as no surprise, we are quite frankly, sick to the back teeth of remote learning. Motivation has well and truly run for the hills, and this mama is about to follow!! I have been endlessly googling ways to get my littlest dude interested in something…anything!!
Then this arrived!
If you’re not familiar with Osmo (*where have you been?) then let me share this fabulous creation that turns your kids iPad into all sorts of incredible interactive learning experiences! Think super fun games and treble it! Whether your little one is a music lover, a budding coder, or aspiring mathematician, Osmo has all the right games to inspire, engage and excite your child.
Transforming how children learn
Osmo is leading the way when it comes to actively engaging children in the learning process, and we were so excited to receive their brand new Coding Starter Kit. In no time at all a little someone got straight to it.
One of the greatest things about Osmo is the ease of setting it up. I always dread that box opening, the thick instruction manual and the kids tearing things apart, all whilst I struggle to undo the packaging properly. Osmo is none of that. It’s so easy to get unpacked, set up and learning in a very short space of time!
Osmo brings back the essence of play and encourages core life skills; creative thinking and social interaction by creating an open environment for kids to problem solve, gain positive feedback and interact with one another. Osmo can be played by the whole family, anywhere, and on any surface and instinctively brings people together, as the first truly multi-generational connected gaming device with STEM learning at its core – Osmo
Monty has been learning coding at school for a little while, however this was another level. He’s a hands on kinda guy and loved being able to move the pieces on the table to create game play on the screen, and moved quickly from basic concepts up through the Coding Jam (intermediate) and on to the Coding Duo advanced puzzles. Watching him nail his coding techniques through a fun adventure was so great. The characters are cute, the sound effects are fun, and it’s by far the greatest tool kit we have in our house to keep him entertained, engaged and even more crucially, learning.
If your kids would love to learn to code, I can’t think of a better way to teach them. The joy and excitement, along with the sense of achievement this coding kit brings to our house is wonderful. We have loved playing together as a family, taking turns, and also leaving Monty to navigate his own way through. It’s really no wonder Osmo have won so many awards!
You can buy the Osmo Coding Starter kit online at Osmo or you can head to Amazon Australia . If you’re in the UK you can find Osmo on Amazon UK. You can also follow this link to find a list of other Australian stockists.
RRP $179.00 – Suitable for ages 5-10
If you’d like to see what else Osmo have for your children, follow the links below and immerse yourself in a fabulous world of learning that I know your kids are going to LOVE!
We were kindly gifted the Osmo coding starter kit, however, as always this is my honest review in my own words xx Liv
Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning – Diane Ackerman – Contemporary American Author
It’s not often that I am truly moved at the creation of an online platform, however when I came across Crisis Heroes, I really was blown away. I immediately contacted Mark, one of the founders, and asked for an interview, to help spread the word! Turns out I couldn’t have waited for a better time to post this interview, as Melburnians face an extended stage 4 lock-down. I’m thrilled to share this superb community with you, and hope that you’ll get signed up and offer your hand to someone in need. I signed up a couple of weeks ago and was blown away when reading all the offers of help, so I hope you read this and feel empowered to do the same.
Mark Acheson – Crisis Heroes
Hi Mark! I’d love you to tell us a little bit about yourself and the team behind Crisis Heroes.
I’m a journalist, come marketer, come stranded Melburnian! I moved here two months ago from Tasmania to be closer to my other Crisis Heroes co founders Matthew Platts and Nicolas Hoban. Matt is our software engineer and Nic our designer and legal expert, being a former lawyer!
When and how did the light bulb moment come about? Have you always been a helpful soul?
The light bulb moment came when Matt and I were forced to cut our American travels short in March this year and come back to Australia to self-isolate. I was actually on my way to work and live in the UK, a lifelong ambition of mine. I could have chosen to bury myself in my Xbox, but instead Matt and I came up with the idea of Crisis Heroes. We had our friends and family to rally around us while we self isolated, but we thought, what about those without these networks? This is where Crisis Heroes was born, to help people who are feeling isolated or are struggling in light of Covid.
I’ve always tried to look out for the interest of others. I think we can make the world a happier place if we have one another’s backs. Life is hard enough as it is, without having people doing the wrong thing – Mark Acheson
What is the main aim of Crisis Heroes and what would you say to encourage people to get signed up?
The main aim of Crisis Heroes is to empower everyday individuals to request or lend a hand. We did a quick market analysis and couldn’t find a free platform for trading goods and services. To anyone sitting on the fence as to seeking help, I say this; chances are you’ve supported someone in a time of need or difficulty, and you didn’t judge them for it. Reverse that sentiment. Never be too proud to reach out for help. There are hundreds of people waiting on Crisis Heroes to give you a hand, be it a friendly chat or running errands.
Loneliness is a huge issue for many people during the pandemic, was this something you had in mind when coming up with the idea? Do you think Crisis Heroes is helping ease loneliness for people?
Yes, yes it was. Originally the platform was designed for people to run errands or trade services, but we then saw the need to implement a chat function. This chat function has seen the biggest uptake on our platform. It goes to show, along with national statistics, that people are struggling with the Covid-19 restrictions and the impacts of isolation.
I know that Crisis Heroes has hit a few countries already, but what are the long term plans for spreading the love even further? How will this look post pandemic?
It doesn’t stop here post pandemic. We want to see Crisis Heroes reach every corner of the globe and help as many people as possible. What is great to see is the sense of fulfilment a person gets when they help someone else on our platform. They’ve perhaps never had a platform or the resources to help someone before. When they do, they feel overwhelmed with happiness. Not to forget the person who has received help. We had one woman in Melbourne say that she connected with a kind stranger on Crisis Heroes and their conversations were the reason she got out of bed of a morning. That’s huge!
I’ve signed up Mark, and I was amazed at all the wonderful offers of help and support! It really does make your heart feel full. How does it feel to have created this wonderful community?
I feel very humbled to be in a position to help others. This wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing co-founders and the support of my friends and family. I just choose to keep this simple mantra: do good.
If you’re a kind soul and would like to sign up and offer your support to someone doing it tough right now, head to Crisis Heroes You can also follow the Crisis Heroes journey on their socials (handles below). Whether it’s offering to walk the dog, grab essentials or just be available for a much needed chat, you can utilise this platform to make someones day and perhaps save someones life!
We were kindly sent a copy of Jessica Sanders latest book, the beautifully written and illustrated Be Your Own Man. When it arrived in the mail I had a flick through, and tears instantly sprang to my eyes. This is a glorious read from start to finish, and one that will cement feelings of acceptance within any young man who is struggling to feel ok with himself.
Be Your Own Man invites boys (in fact anyone who reads this) to broaden their ideas about what it is to be a boy, to feel proud of who they are and to feel like they can be anything they want to be. I would encourage boys & men of all ages to get a copy, sit down and take it all in. *All of it!!! Be Your Own Man should be handed out at maternity wards for all families expecting boys, and quotes from it chanted in the halls of all schools.
We’ve become so very good at encouraging girls to reach for the stars, be leaders, mechanics, engineers and soldiers. We reassure our daughters that girls can be who they want to be, they can strive for greatness; but for our boys, being strong and getting to the top is mostly just expected. Be Your Own Man is such a refreshing change to the selection of ‘boy books’ available, it’s a ‘Be Your Own Man’ guidebook, a life journal and a bible for boys to live by.
I highly recommend you purchase 10 copies of this book and give them out to every boy you know, it has to be the Number 1 gift for boys! It’s not only a conversation starter for our little guys and their caregivers, it’s a page by page realisation that “I am ok”, “I am normal” “I want to be like this”, “I can be me”, “my body is ACE” which ultimately turns any reader into a happy, life loving, young man, who treats himself and others in the best way he can.
In a world where men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women, and who are far less likely to ask for help, it’s time we allowed and encouraged our boys to be who they are, and not who we expect them to be.
When you’re tucking in your little man this evening, when you’re giving those last kisses of the day, the last hugs before he falls asleep, remember to whisper: “You are one of a kind, there’s absolutely no one else quite like you, and that’s amazing!”
I have to mention the RAD illustrations in Be Your Own Man as they really capture everything this book is about. Robbie Cathro is a British (*Yay*) illustrator from Bristol, and is well worth a follow! Think “illustrator that our kids will grow up with and think fondly of when they share his illustrations with their own kids!!!” THAT GOOD!!
Be Your Own Man was gifted to my son, however as always, these words are my own and honest opinion. Liv xx
Let’s face it, when we buy gifts for Father’s Day, we’re really making a purchase based on it’s ‘share-ability’ right? We see the cookies #sold, we buy the recipe books so he can cook up a storm, and we drool over the menus hence we book the table! So, forget the age old ‘Top Ten Father’s Day Gift’ articles and check out my Top 6 Father’s Day Gifts for
Perfect Gifts for
Aside from the wonderfully fine Whiskey’s you can have delivered to your door for your very own classy tasting evening, Barley & Malt also sell incredible glassware. My favourite *for Mr W. being the Tokyo Decanter and glasses set! ($100)
I’ll He’ll love it! Use the code SUPERDAD until 4th September for free shipping.
Boxes of lollies! I mean more lollies than you could shake a musk stick at!! These lolly boxes are oozing share-ability and perfect for
my his Father’s Day gift! I particularly love the look of the ‘All You Can Sweet’ ($120) because there’s more than enough to share with him me!
Gold standard wine… Say no more!
I’ll He’ll pour!!! The Father’s Day Pinot Pack will make Dad one of the first to taste these three new and very special single-vineyard pinot noirs from the 2019 harvest, Foxeys first fully certified biodynamic vintage!! So much goodness for just $195 for a 3 pack! Two for Mama and one for Papa! Nice!
This glorious cookbook, promises an epic collection of breakfast recipes that will ensure you go to bed early in anticipation. Perfect!! **Always remember, a cook book is a must when gifting on Father’s Day. It would be rude for him not to cook me breakfast every weekend for a month when I ‘thoughtfully’ bought the book, so.. I will have succeeded in the task of perfect gifting! Yum!
From gorgeous craft beers to make your own cocktails to stylish socks, these guys know how to man gift! However, this is about
me sharing, so I am eyeing up the Productivity Pack ($54.95). Craft beer, fab notebooks *so handy for my his work, and I can upgrade to include some ST ALi coffee capsules. I’m He’s going to love this!! Have a browse and use this cheeky discount code TWOO10 for 10% off. Yes mama, I got your back!!
All men need great body products, and lucky for him, I don’t mind sharing! I have carefully chosen the thoughtfully curated ‘Awaken your senses‘ bundle ($75) which includes all the things
I he loves. Aromatherapy room & body mist, Magnesium & Coffee Body Scrub, and some Lemon Myrtle Hand, Body & Bath Wash!! Boy I’m he’s going to smell divine!!!! Free Shipping on this product!!
Always here to help!
I hope this article has given you a little extra encouragement to really share the love this Father’s Day! 😉 You deserve it mama!!
Please try and support small businesses where you can, buy one extra of something just because you care and make an extra effort to support ‘Australian’ in our time of need!!
Much love Liv xxx
Weekends are all about food in our house. We plan our weekend feasts well in advance so we know we have something delicious to look forward to. Thankfully Tim is a keen cook, so I can sit back, keep the wine flowing and leave him to cook up a storm for the team. This weekend he blew me away with this Quick Malaysian Curry so I just had to share it with you. Enjoy! xx
Quick Malaysian Curry
2 tablespoons of Murray River Organics virgin coconut oil.
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, grated
Thumb sized piece of ginger, grated
3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 tsp dried coriander
1 tsp dried turmeric
1 tsp dried fennel
1 tsp dried hot paprika
1 cardamom pod
1 tsp cinnamon
1 star anise
500 mls of organic coconut milk
2 cups of organic green beans
2 organic chicken breast fillets (500g) or Tofu for a plant based option, cut into 1cm strips
1 cup toasted organic cashews
Cracked black pepper, to serve
- Heat the coconut oil in large shallow pan over high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Keep the pan on the heat, and add spices to toast gently. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 4–5 minutes or until soft.
- Add the chicken into the pan with the softened onion, and coat with the spices.
- Add the coconut milk and green beans and simmer gently.
- In a small pan, toast the cashews until golden.
- Remove the Malaysian curry from heat, place into bowls and scatter the toasted cashews on the top.
Annie and the Waves Author Biography: Louise Lambeth
Drowning is preventable yet it is the third largest cause of accidental death worldwide. The 2019 Royal Life Saving Drowning Report records that 276 people drowned across Australia. Additionally, 584 people experienced non-fatal drowning that can lead to lifelong medical complications. Staggeringly, 42% of these were children aged 0-4!
Whilst community education has been identified as essential to help prevent drowning not all children are able to access surf education! As a surf lifesaver with an early childhood background Louise understands how powerful a safety message conveyed through storytelling can be!
Louise’s journey to print has been a long and emotional one motivated by a terrible tragedy that could have been prevented:
‘The biggest misunderstandings in surf safety are caused by our lack understanding of the surf environment, the risks and the safety strategies we can put in place before we go to and when we are at the beach!’
‘I wrote ‘Annie and the Waves’ in 2012 just before I went on my first of 4 tours as a Surf Life Saving NSW ‘Beach to Bush’ presenter, educating country primary school children on how to stay safe when they visit the beach. But it took another 6 years to publish the book!’
‘In 2014 my surf club was involved in the search and rescue, that all too soon became a search and recovery, of a 5-year-old boy who drowned at Pearl Beach on the NSW Central Coast. The components of risk were exactly the same that I had written in my story two years earlier…. a moment lapse in supervision, a young child on the water’s edge, a surging wave that swept him off his feet and into the deep water. The difference was that in my story there were strategies in place that ensured a safe outcome.
It made me think; What if my book had been published and this family had read it, could this tragedy have been prevented?
From that moment on Louise was determined to discover how to publish a book … It was a huge learning curve but in November 2018, Annie and the Waves was endorsed by Surf Life Saving Australia and finally published.
The book is now in its third print run there is still so much more to do! Annie and the Waves has been reviewed and endorsed by teachers and librarians and the positive feedback from children, parents and grandparents keep Louise committed to finding ways to provide books to children, early learning centres, schools and libraries.
With a background in research Louise has undertaken a pilot study to investigate whether ‘Annie and the Waves’ increases children’s knowledge of the key safety messages found in the book. She presented the results at the 2019 World Drowning Prevention Conference in Durban South Africa and at the 14th Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference in Brisbane on 26th November 2019.
Louise is also committed to providing alternate book formats to children with disabilities and an audio version is now available.
‘One of my lifesaving roles is as an inclusive nipper buddy working with children of various abilities. It’s really rewarding and a lot of fun. Our Seagull Nippers, who include children on the autism spectrum, love and respond to having ‘Annie and the Waves’ read to them. I have also worked with children with a vision impairment through Guide Dogs ACT and NSW. I want to make ‘Annie and the Waves’ as accessible to as many children as possible including:
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as the books simple words and engaging illustrations by Carissa Harris are helpful in explaining beach safety
- Children with dyslexia. The font and choice of matt paper for the book was chosen to be dyslexia friendly
- Children with vision impairment or a text disability. An audio version is being made especially for them
- Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are 160% more likely to drown than a child not on the spectrum! Reading about surf safety in a child’s own home or school before coming to the beach will help to provide a pathway for transitioning to the beach environment
Louise’s wish or goal for Annie’s story
Louise is developing a series of books called ‘Safety by Story’ with the first series focused on water safety.
My goal is to help prevent drowning! There are many reasons people may not access surf safety programs. These include location, access to transport, culture, cost or other challenges. I would love for all Australian children to have access to read ‘Annie and the Waves’, in their home, a local library, their childcare or their school.
But there are also more stories to tell….. in fact I have 6 more water safety story ideas for children aged 0-12 and their parents!
To find out more about Annie and The Waves please check out the website and social media channels.
Simone Marshall – YOGi Active
Hi Simone, thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
What was it that inspired you to create YOGi Active?
Delivering performance infused with fashion, our collection blends flawlessly into any wardrobe – Simone Marshall – Director
Has YOGi Active been impacted this year with more people training and staying at home?
We create ready to wear garments that are made to last – Simone Marshall -Director
I am not your average size 10. In fact I am the proud owner of a chunkier thigh and a *much rounder bottom. Will I be able to wear the gorgeous YOGi Active collection?
I love that YOGi Active is designed in Australia, can you tell us why that was so important to you?
YOGi Active is still fairly young isn’t it? What is one thing that you have learnt since starting the journey?
Delivering performance infused with fashion, our collection blends flawlessly into any wardrobe – Simone Marshall – Director
What would be your one bit of business advice to someone out there with a fab idea?
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what it was that inspired you to create How we Roll?
Heya My name is Georgia and I’m the founder of How We Roll Co. I’m also a crazy dog person much like yourself and spending time with my two boys – Twister and Mac is my fave thing to do – when i’m not selling TP of course! I’m originally from Adelaide and have a background in ecommerce and fashion – so being in the TP game is a little different for me but part of a bigger sustainable picture I have in the works. How We Roll came about as the first of a few brands I plan on rolling (pun definitely intended) out over the next 18 months – each with a sustainable focus and charitable aspect. Although the launch of How We Roll may seem timely with toilet paper being the hottest product of 2020 it was well in the works before Covid hit and the team and I are in this for the long term – hoping to create small sustainable changes in everyday lives.
Does being in the toilet paper biz mean 2020 has been a good year for you?
We have recently rescued a beagle and I am head over heels. I have officially become one of those “dog people”. The fact that I can add eco friendly dog poop bags to my order got me over the line. Have your extras been popular?
I love that HWR is super eco friendly and environmentally aware. Can you tell us a little bit about your partnership with One Tree Planted and why you chose them.
What is one thing that you have learnt since starting How We Roll?
What would be your one bit of business advice to someone out there with a fab idea?