Byron Bay for the Day

Last weekend was a long weekend because of the Australia Day holiday on Friday. We didn’t do much for Australia Day, so once Saturday rolled around we decided to hit the road and hang out in Byron Bay for the day.

We hit the road by 8am that morning and were in Byron by 10 (which is actually 11 their time, since we crossed the New South Wales border). This worked out well since Leighton could take a little snooze on the way. It was already so hot outside, we immediately found street parking and headed straight to the beach.

It was very sunny and hot out that day, so we made sure to set up our little beach tent for shade and lather on the sunscreen.

We played in the waves (not the sand because Leighton thinks it’s “yucky”) and walked along the beach looking for rocks. After a quick snack and smoothie break in the tent, we were back out jumping in the waves.

After we had enough, we walked around a bit through the cute town center. Byron Bay is such a unique and fun place to visit. You will never be bored people watching either, there are folks from all walks of life and someone always wanting to read your palm or tell you your fortune. It started to sprinkle a bit as we walked but the dark clouds quickly passed by.

When we couldn’t decide on a place to eat lunch, we chose to move on to the next stop on the itinerary, The Farm at Byron Bay, and eat there.

We had been hearing about The Farm for a while now, but hadn’t made it out there yet. Luckily, it was right on the way out of town so the perfect place to go before we headed home. The Farm is a working farm that also houses a restaurant, bakery, produce store and flower shop. So you get to see the animals and produce that they sell and serve. It’s supposed to be a learning experience as well as a culinary one.

Unfortunately since we were arriving a bit late for lunch (2pm) they were closing down the restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, for a private event so we couldn’t eat off of their menu. The bakery and BBQ stand were still open though, so we grabbed a sandwich and a bbq lamb wrap to share between us. The grounds are so pretty and we found a picnic table overlooking the fields to post up at. There were people all around picnicking in the grass.

After eating we strolled around and looked at the flowers and the animals. Leighton was very excited to see this sheep and ran up to him excitedly. When she did, his cow friend got a bit protective and let out the loudest moo and scared her half to death. I felt bad for her, but it was absolutely hilarious at the time.

The sun was getting a bit intense at this point and I realized I was getting a sunburn on my feet, which is never fun, so we decided to head for the shade. We scoped out the produce shop and I headed back to the bakery in hopes of getting one of their homemade donuts to take home. Unfortunately they were sold out, but I picked up a scrumptious pan au chocolat I enjoyed later.

With full tummies and sun kissed skin we headed back to Brisbane. Leighton and I both took nice long naps while Trav drove the hour and forty five minute commute. It’s safe to say we will be back, Byron.






Friday Favorites: Sister Slumber Party Edition

This past week has been full of favorites! Travis was out of town for work all week so it was pretty much a girly slumber party at our house all week- which is pretty much my favorite always. We cooked dinner together over wine and watched my new favorite TV show every night. Let’s recap the highlights.. 

Favorite Day  On Tuesday, Caroline and I took a day trip to Byron Bay. I had never been so I was excited that I had an excuse to finally visit. We had so much fun in that hippie beach town, I can’t wait to share more about our trip on the blog later. What’s better than good food, great weather, shopping and hanging out on the beach all day? Not too shabby for a Tuesday.

Favorite New TV Show 

source: Netflix

 Caroline also introduced me to the funniest show EVER. It’s a Netflix original called “Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt” by Tina Fey. The premise is that the main character, Kimmie, was abducted by a crazy cult leader when she was in eighth grade and hidden in a bunker with three other women for 19(?) years. The first episode they are found and released (in the first five minutes so I’m not spoiling anything) and she moves to New York on her own. It sounds king of serious when I explain it like that but the whole show is extremely ridiculous and silly. Just watch it. 

Favorite New Singer

source: MTV

 I’m probably really late to this party (especially for Aussies) but I am obsessed with Vance Joy. We have had his album on repeat all week.

Favorite New Recipes 

source:Garnish with Lemon and Two Peas and their Pod

Nothing makes me more giddy than a new recipe especially if it involves pesto and goat cheese. We made these two pizza recipes this week only using individual pitas as the crust. So delicious and so easy to put together after a busy day at the beach or exploring. They definitely got moved to my Made It & Loved It Pinterest board for future reference. Check them out: Spinach Artichoke Pizza and Goat Cheese Pizza

Favorite Mail Week 

 Since mailing things across the world can take some time, I received several birthday cards and one especially exciting package from Anthropologie this week. I feel so lucky that I have such thoughtful friends and family that are still thinking of me even when I’m thousands of miles away. 

Favorite Monthly Tradition 

 Monday was one of my favorites because we had our monthly girl’s night. This time my sister got to join us as we tried out Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant in the city. It’s always fun getting everyone together to catch up and we joke that we probably need a sound proof room (eight girls together + wine is never a quiet occasion). 

What a fabulous week it has been! I can’t wait to share more of what my sister and I did plus her own thoughts on Australia (yes, she’s going to guest post!!) over the next couple of weeks. Right now I am on a plane heading to meet my other half in Melbourne to go check out The Great Ocean Road this weekend. Never a dull moment around here, have a great weekend! 

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