Disney Aulani Resort – The good and the bad

The Disney resort in Hawaii has been on our to do list for years – I’ve been scouring their website since the boys were little anticipating a trip there. This past week the stars aligned – offering a conference-vacation combo that fulfilled my professional and family needs perfectly.   The feedback we had from other…

Yosemite in winter – What to do with kids

Yosemite in winter is a season of poignant beauty.  The crowds that flock to the the National Park in summer are absent allowing families to enjoy a true wilderness experience in relative solitude.  Our own trip to Yosemite last winter co-incided with the largest snow storm in Californian recent history.  Trees sagged under the weight…

Visiting the Redwood forest in Warburton Victoria

An hour and a half from Melbourne, just past the alpine hamlet of Warburton is a the East Warburton Redwood Forest.   The fifteen hundred or so eighty year old the trees (a few fifty metres tall) if not quite as impressive as their cousins in California are impressive enough.  The cool shade of this…

Rodan and Fields Giveway

Today’s giveaway is personal.  I’ve run many giveaways for other companies – this giveaway is direct from me – in honour of launching my new business.  The United State’s number one skincare range – Rodan and Fields just launched in Australia.  I have heard many, many positive things from my United States medical colleagues about…

Cruising to Papua New Guinea with P and O

We saw whales on our first morning aboard.  Dining on a continental breakfast of croissants while enjoying the sunshine (goodbye Melbourne’s winter!) we spotted humpback whales surfacing and spouting port side.  It was an auspicious start to a family trip with a difference – visiting Australia’s northern neighbour Papua New Guinea with our three children…

Visiting Adelaide with Kids

Think Adelaide is just a romantic foodie getaway for loved up Millenials?  Think again.   A recent trip to Adelaide with our three kids showed us that there is plenty to keep the kids entertained in South Australia’s capital. Key places of interest (1) Haigh’s Chocolates Tours of Haigh’s Chocolate factory are free (although they…