Posts Written On March 06, 2019

Attractions for Your Family in Melbourne

Melbourne is often cited as an ideal city for families to live in and lots are available with easy access to the central business district, like land for sale in Melbourne’s North.

Recognised by The Economist Intelligence Unit as one of the world’s most liveable cities since 2011, Melbourne boasts a diverse community, is a hotspot for top educational institutions and has a lower cost of living compared to other cities in Australia. It also has popular places for family activities near and within the central business district.

Australian Centre for Moving Images (ACMI)

Australia’s only national museum for film, video games, digital culture and art is in the heart of Melbourne at Federation Square. The museum hosts various exhibitions that show museum-goers the history of film and behind-the-scenes footage of certain films, as well as workshops on how to create comics.

Collingwood Children’s Farm

Located 5 km away from the heart of the central business district, Collingwood Children’s Farm is a place for a leisurely stroll or a family picnic. Children can also milk the cows, feed the chicken or ride ponies. Meals are available at Collingwood’s Farm Café, where meals are made from fresh ingredients. The farm is open every day of the year except during winter solstice.

Eureka Skydeck

Eureka Tower opened as the second tallest all-residential building in the world, surpassed by Q1 Tower in Gold Coast City. The skydeck located on Floor 88 is a 38-second elevator ride. Once at the top, visitors will get a bird’s-eye view of the city. Finders and binoculars are available to help locate Melbourne’s landmarks.

Luna Park

Luna Park opened in 1912 and is one of the world’s oldest existing amusement parks. It has rides for all ages, from carousels to roller coasters. Its main attraction is the Scenic Railway Roller Coaster, a wooden roller coaster that requires a brakeman to stand in the middle of the train. Entry to the park is free, though passes must be purchased to gain access to rides.

Melbourne Museum

Situated in the Carlton Gardens, the Melbourne Museum has exhibits where families can learn about Victoria’s natural environment, culture and history. The museum has a Children’s Gallery, where babies to five-year-olds can explore the area using hands-on and play-based learning. Children can dig for fossils, explore the discovery garden and dance at the ‘camouflage disco.’

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo is a little over than 4 km away from the central business district, giving visitors a chance to see over 300 different species from around the world. Zoo visitors can see elephants, tigers, as well as koalas and kangaroos in an Australian bush setting. There are also interactive exhibits designed especially for kids that discuss animal facts and saving wildlife.

Old Melbourne Gaol

During its operations between 1842 and 1929, the Old Melbourne Gaol held and executed Australia’s most notorious prisoners, including bushranger Ned Kelly. Despite the gloomy nature of the museum, it is an ideal place for visitors to learn about Melbourne’s history. The live watch-house tour may also be scary for some children, as visitors will be locked in a cell for a few minutes.

Melbourne has several attractions to offer, such as museums, zoos and amusement parks. Families living in nearby suburbs can have fun with their loved ones without travelling far from their area.


Niko’s Favorite Diapers

Niko is two months old now! And according to our app Sprout, we have gone thru 649 at ten changes on average per day. Diapers vary in size and materials and price! We went thru as many brands as we could but there are still so many more. The surprise winner was actually Kroger’s Comforts brand! And the price is incredible too $16 for 172 size 2!

Tried so many different brands of disposable diapers and found a surprise brand that we love and now use everyday- Kroger’s! And it’s made in Canada. We were also gifted DYPER monthly service but I did not include them in this review- that will be a separate post!

Here is our diaper Instagram story below!


Keroppi Baby Onesie DIY

It is hard to control myself when it comes to buying cute baby clothes but even in my searching, I can’t find some designs I want. Like my childhood fav Sanrio characters.

An easy DIY with Avery, and it comes in white and dark papers too. What character onesie should I make for Niko next ?


Diaper Bags 101

Sharing my Instagram Story about diaper bags! Before becoming a mom, I did a ton of research on diaper bags and found the mom favorites. Surprisingly, they were not my favorite! The most important thing to me is the lightness is the bag as well as the inner compartments.


Celebrate International Women’s Day With These Amazing Authors!

   The Woman’s Book of Prayer

The Woman’s Book of Prayer: 365 Blessings, Poems and Meditations by Becca Anderson, $19.99

We are constantly communing with the Divine throughout our daily lives―even in the most ordinary activities. Sitting in silence, walking meditation, using prayer beads or folding your hands every night and talking to God are all forms of prayer. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer. The Woman’s Book of Prayer will show you all the ways you can pray, so you can find the methods that work for you. Comprised of mindfulness meditations, prayer practices and selections of sacred texts, poems and blessings, The Woman’s Book of Prayer gathers words of encouragement, comfort and sustenance for women. Author Becca Anderson credits her recovery from a serious illness to the power of daily prayer. But she had to change the way she prayed and set off on an exploration of the myriad methods people use and uncovering the world’s best prayers. The Woman’s Book of Prayer shows how to change your life by changing your prayer. By carefully and consciously choosing affirming thoughts and deliberately looking for blessings at every opportunity, you will literally create a new life for yourself.

  Life Full of Glitter

A Life Full of Glitter: A Guide to Positive Thinking, Self-Acceptance, and Finding Your Sparkle in a (Sometimes) Negative World by Anna O’Brien, $24.99

Bullying, loss, regret and fear impact our lives in tough-to-deal-with ways. Learn how to confront these and other challenges like the world’s happiest people do—as opportunities. Armed with humor and a good attitude, author Anna O’Brien will teach you how to combat the negativity of life in this motivational self-help guide. A Life Full of Glitter will show you how much creativity, physical activity and social interactions affect your day to day life. Learn how to maximize these expressive activities to release pent up emotions and frustration in order to have a fresh view of the world each and every day. It can be difficult to process and move on from unresolvable issues that are holding us back from our most positive lives. A Life Full of Glitterintroduces the concept of “long-game” thinking, which will help you re-frame temporary setbacks and focus on long-term happiness. Discover easy-to-use tips and tricks to increase your positivity and personal growth. A Life Full of Glitter is a modern guide to positive thinking presented through relevant research, captivating storytelling, and plenty of humor.

 Still I Rise

Still I Rise: The Persistence of Phenomenal Women by Marlene Wagman-Geller, $16.95

When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem “Invictus”, the inspirational verse by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul: a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as “Invictus” brought solace to generations, so does Angelou’s contemporary classic. Still I Rise embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles rather than letting all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. Intrepid women heroes are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress: rather than waiting for the prince, they took salvation into their own hands.

 Women Who Launch

Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings by Marlene Wagman-Geller, $16.95

Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world”; the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike many matrons of the 1950s, these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time. Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale, authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb, convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks, while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history. Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment. These women who launched prove, in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!” Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.

  Badass Women Give the Best Advice

Badass Women Give the Best Advice by Becca Anderson, $15.95

Women’s Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from standup comedians to startup entrepreneurs, from feminists to Facebook queens, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions about love, life, word, men, and sex and share their very frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships. This delightfully dishy gathering of gal pals is like having a heart-to-heart with 200 of your closest friends. Garrulous girls and loquacious ladies of from every walk of life unleash their wicked wit in this humorous and enlightening compilation and tell it like it is. Topics include What the World Needs Now, Love Hurts, Lost Love, and Are Men Really Necessary and cover sex, personal ads, blind dates, break ups, weddings, and the prerequisites for the perfect kiss. Sidebars include quizzes, love and sex bucket lists and topics like “Size Really Does Matter,” and “Cry Me a River, The Weepiest Romantic Movies Ever.” Wait, there’s more–true tales about wild women of yore that entertain as much as they enlighten. From Anais Nin to Lily Tomlin, from Amy Bloom to Dorothy Allison, from Drew Barrymore to Chrissy Teigan and beyond, there’s no shortage of sass, sarcasm, or sizzle and a few shocks along the way!

   Badass Affirmations

Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women by Becca Anderson, $15.99

If you affirm yourself every day, you can rule the world. More importantly, you can live a life filled with love, joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction thanks to your own positive self-regard. Badass Affirmations is the ultimate motivating, encouraging, and uplifting book to enjoy and share. Create your own ideal life and build your self-esteem with these positive daily affirmations. These very wise words have the power to touch our hearts, build confidence, make us laugh, and alleviate our stress―all while realizing the vast potential life has to offer. Becca Anderson, bestselling author of The Book of Awesome Women, serves up a memorable and inspirational banquet of positive self-affirmations, delicious bon mots, quips, and unforgettable quotes from movie stars, musicians, politicians, and women writers. Everyone from Malala to Madonna to Michelle Obama weighs in on the meaning of life with badass wit and timeless wisdom.