ChiliSleep by OOLER

Ok, so I don’t normally write any sort of product reviews in this space. We use our blog as a family journal of sorts, inspired by traveling and living abroad. Since Covid, life has simplified and adventure decreased, which has given us all time to focus on things important to us. I feel that my…

Greendale Sunflower Farm

Some friends reached out and let me know about their wonderful visit to Greendale to see the sunflowers. Oh, I had never been to a sunflower farm before and was intrigued. Lavender, tulips, vineyards, orchards, pumpkins, but never sunflowers. Loving a new experience, we decided it would be a great weekend family outing. The farm…

Citizenship Interview and Test

Almost 15 months to the day, that we originally applied for our Australian citizenship, we were invited in to the Home Affairs office for our official interview and exam. We were advised the process would take approximately 2 hours at their downtown Melbourne location. My husband and I went in together as the kids were…

Driving In Melbourne

Melbourne has some unique roads and driving rules that we haven’t experienced in the rest of Australia. Here are a few things that come up in conversation in our house. Trams Driving on tram tracks is not a relaxing experience. We have them all over town and sometimes they are designed just to be used…

Arthur’s Seat, Mornington Peninsula

Me and Miss C spent the day at Arthur’s Seat in the Mornington Peninsula this week. A friend of ours had a painting on display in an art gallery near to Mornington and she asked me to collect it for her which is what inspired our outing. After retrieving said art work, we drove to…

Gravestone Rubbing

Taking a gravestone rubbing is commonly used by family history researchers for preserving a tombstone inscription. I remember doing this as a child with my primary school class at a local cemetery in Connecticut. It’s quite easy and fun and makes for a unique activity to do with kids. I did a quick search online…

Photo Editing Fun!

My son had to reproduce a famous artwork and lay it out side by side for his art class. This was a fun project we worked on together. Originally we wanted to redo the famous dogs playing cards painting but decided it was too much of a challenge for us with our basic skills and…

Rogaining

I met a new friend through a local women’s outdoors group who invited me to be her teammate at a rogaining event. I had never heard of rogaining but knew it involved walking and/or running through the bush for the better part of the day – count me in! So what is rogaining? “The standard…

Creative Experience Gifts Are The Best!

My kids totally surprised me on my last birthday with a present I was so not expecting from them. They went to one of the shopping mall kiosks and had a funny photo of myself and Stephen made into a 4,000 piece Lego brick photo. They know I love puzzles and experiences and they managed…

Kayaking on the Yarra River

Since moving to Melbourne we’ve wanted to kayak the Yarra River. Our temporary housing was very near to Sea Kayak Australia’s headquarters and daily we would see people walking their hired kayaks down to the river to launch. We kept saying we must go and do that before we move neighbourhoods as it’s literally right…