Summer Holiday 18/19 Wrap
Not sure how it happened but it’s the end of one whole month in the year 2019, can you believe it?
This year, I am making the commitment to do a monthly recap of all the things I have been posting about on my Instagram page and stories because as you may have noticed, I like to get around. Most importantly, I think it will be a great way to showcase the lovely holiday destination in which I live, the Sunshine Coast. People from all over the world come here to visit and it's right in our backyard so it would be rude not to share what this amazing destination has to offer.
We have just finished the school holidays with the girls back at school for another year. We started the school holidays with our yearly tradition, camping for one week at Cotton Tree Caravan Park. We have camped at many Australian caravan parks but this place always takes the top for us with it's stunning views, central location and easy access to pristine and clear waters of the Maroochydore river and beach. When I am there, sometimes I feel like I’m in Fiji. I've you're into camping, you must check this place out but get in quick because this place books out in peak periods.
I enjoyed yet another Virago event at the end of year Christmas party at Mooloolaba’s greatest hotspot Pier 33. Guest speaking was the inspirational health, life and ‘Mastering your Mean Girl’ guru Melissa Ambrosini who had us seriously reframing our thoughts about the year so we could wave it goodbye feeling a sense of well-deserved accomplishment! With a doughnut wall created by the infamous Kennilworth Bakery and overflowing buckets of Veuve Clicquot, the Virago Christmas party was a fab way to end the year in style and I'm looking forward to the next event.
Our fam also celebrated Solar Nights at the University of the Sunshine Coast to celebrate the University's new sustainable solar status and I closed the year out by competing in the finals of the Allstar Alliance Crossfit competition in Brisbane. I also had the most fabulous girls weekend at the W Hotel in Brisbane which you can read about here.
During the holidays I discovered a few new products that I have fallen in love with. On the food scene I came across Kokopod chocolate which is locally made on the Sunshine Coast. Think decadence and 'chocolate gold' which will have you dreaming for more. You can taste the quality of ingredients. Salty Caramel crunch is my fave. Also a big thank you to the ladies at Deliciously Clean Eats for organising my Christmas grazing platter at such late notice, the day before Christmas. Not just your average, ‘bread and cheese’ platter that pops the buttons on your pants! Deliciously Clean Eats delivers platters are actually healthy!
The last month saw me get completely out of my comfort zone with a shoot with Sea Level Australia. Not only are the designs gorgeous, but they fit like a glove. I personally love that the their bikini tops are 'proper' bras which provide support for those women with bigger breasts. With designs for all body types, this label has the kind of swimwear that will have you strutting with confidence.
And last but not least, I fell in love with UberKate Jewels. From stylish crystal rings and necklaces for the modern ethereal goddess and signature heirloom pieces, Uberkate Jewels has nailed it when it comes to stylish, functional and quality jewellery pieces for the modern woman.
During the holidays our family spent every spare second we could at the beautiful Noosa National Park and Noosa Main beach. We hiked to the fairy pools, picnicked at Tea Tree Bay and caught a few waves at Little Cove. We would always finish off our beach sessions with a wander down Hastings street for a little shopping, lunch and of course, ice cream with the kids. I am so grateful that we can enjoy the beauty of this thriving international tourist destination whenever we like!
With a few rugs and blankets and our thermos in tow, our family caught the first sunrise of 2019 on the beach. This was such a nice way to bring in the new year together as a family as we set our intentions for the year. One of those intentions was to practice being more present as a family amongst our ‘busy-ness’ so I signed the kids up to yoga classes which I found easily online through Mudputty.
Lots of things happened around our house too, including finally hanging up our Antonia Mrljak art piece we purchased quite a few months ago from Becker Minty. After completing renovations last year in our dream home, we have been straggling along with the interior styling but putting up this artwork was like the cherry on the cake. We still have a long way to go though. Oh, and did I mention that I am interiors obsessed? But I’ll leave that one in the closet for next time.
That is all for now,