The joy of a country roadside motel

We had the joy last week of staying in one of my favourite places: the Australian small country town roadside motel. It may not be everyone's cup of tea and long life milk, but it has always captured a part of my life and I'm doing my best to keep the tradition alive for our girls. We spent my … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough Reporting

This morning we are hitting the road and heading back home after a week away. We stopped in at the farm for a night, then further north to Byron for another family reunion with Rob's Dad's side of the family that was almost a year in planning - always the way when trying to wrangle so many people. … [Read more...]

Cheeky mid week escape to Mt Hay Luxury Retreat

It took me all of 3 seconds to answer the lovely Louise's email asking me if I would like to come and stay at the gorgeous luxury retreat Mt Hay in Berry, but about 4 months to finally get around to booking in a date that would work for Rob and I, lining up someone to look after the kids, you know … [Read more...]

Holidays and kids and expectations

I have long admitted my problem with expectations and the frustrations I have when they are not met. I think I first wrote about back in 2014 when the kids were a little smaller, and I was a little younger I suppose. I definitely think that they have dropped somewhat since then. Maybe it's … [Read more...]

The MUST have travel accessory: FRANKiE4 Active Flats

A sponsored post for FRANKiE4 Footwear This giveaway has now closed and the winners have been chosen (Janine & Greta are the lucky winners and have been notified) There’s nothing much I love doing more than using my passport. The planning of an overseas trip, all the trawling through AirBnB … [Read more...]

Winter days at the beach

We've had such a lovely week up at the beach doing a whole lot of not much. We are that family that don't go anywhere, do activities or the like when we go on holidays (same at home) we do pretty much not much at ALL until the kids start to really lose it, we're all ok. So there's walks on the … [Read more...]

Full & Thorough reporting: The social edition

Goodness me we have had ourselves a social week at the Macdonald house. We've been to Sydney twice, I have eaten and drunk waaaaaaaaay more than I should have and had LOTS of fun along the way. Pour yourself a drink, have a seat and have a look at where we've been. Monday night we headed up to … [Read more...]

BabyMac’s Top 10 travel essentials

Oh how the recent use of my passport has lit a fire and passion for even MORE travel. Always the way isn't it? I thought I better jot down some hints and tips that I learnt from this last trip before they escape into the recesses of my overtired brain forever! I love reading back on these travel … [Read more...]

Win your very own Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III camera!

It's now been a week since we arrived back home from my very own Royal adventure and the further away from it I get, the more I feel like it was all a dream. A wonderful, magical dream! But my Instagram and photo roll in my phone tells me something else entirely...it WAS real. Thank GOODNESS … [Read more...]

London: my favourite bits

It's so very good to be home, but it's been a somewhat slow 24 hours or so trying to get back to reality with the girls and home life and dealing with the jet lag that we still hadn't quite dealt with while we were away. It all seems like such a whirlwind and at times, like a glorious dream but my … [Read more...]

Never Stop the Journey: A wedding in Windsor

A sponsored post for Olympus Most days for me are pretty run of the mill for a Mum of three girls. I get woken early (and often angrily) by a toddler. I make breakfast and lunches; do the shopping, cooking and washing, busily running a house, family and job. Months ago in November, a seed was … [Read more...]

Taking tea with Mrs C

You may remember my friend Mrs C from back home in Burrawang who puts on a very good afternoon tea herself. She has moved back to the middle east and London and when she heard that we were coming over for the Royal Wedding she immediately told me that she would take us to Claridge's for Tea. Not … [Read more...]

Pounding the pavements in London

We have well and truly hit the ground running since we landed - with the weather being as good as it has been, it's been impossible to not to be out in the sunshine, especially with everything looking SO good. We've had just one day where it was FREEZING and grey and dark (much like how I remembered … [Read more...]

Never Stop the Journey: London is ready for a wedding!

A sponsored post for Olympus It’s now been a few days since we arrived in London and everywhere you look, excitement, preparations and general pre-wedding buzz is at an all time high. Everywhere around this fair city you will see national pride blowing in the breeze of every corner with red, … [Read more...]

Living our best London Life

I must say, London is looking just about as good as it could be! The weather has been absolutely fabulous: the sun shining, the colours around looking brighter than normal, maybe it's the excitement in the air but it's an absolute joy to take in and I can't take the smile off my face! We're … [Read more...]

And now here we are in London, in the Spring

We arrived yesterday morning at 6.30am after a long 24 travels from Australia. It never fails to impress you that you can hurtle through the sky and end up on the other side of the world does it? We were able to drop our bags off nice and early at our apartment in Notting Hill (one street … [Read more...]

{More} Adventure Awaits

It's a cold and dark morning here at home. I am the only one up huddled close to the fire under a blanket with the glow of my laptop the only light on in the house. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, but moreso, it's Mum excitement. The joy and excitement of some adventure even sweeter when you … [Read more...]

Some of my best days, are farm days

Rob and I were married on the front lawn of the house here up at the farm. We decided long before we ever lived in the country, that we wanted a country wedding, with friends and family coming to visit to stay and kick up their heels. We were married on Easter Saturday in 2005 on a stunning autumnal … [Read more...]

Never Stop the Journey: A BabyMac Royal Adventure

Sponsored Post for Olympus When exactly did my love for the Royals come about? Well, it could have started in July 1981 when Mum cooked us Steak Diane for dinner and we were allowed to eat it in front of the TELLY as Prince Charles married the beautiful Diana Spencer. 4-year-old Beth watched on in … [Read more...]

Local Spotlight: Bendooley Estate Luxury Cottages + GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway has now closed and the winner announced: Kristianne won with this comment: "Hi Beth, I would LOVE to be able to take my daughter Annabelle for a night at Bendooley. As I sit here at Westmead Childrens watching her sleep, after having a biopsy on a spot on her brain this morning, … [Read more...]