New Zealand’s North Island with Kids

I was talking to a friend about New Zealand today which reminded me I still haven’t gotten around to posting about our trip last year. I did quite a bit of research prior to both trips we have taken to the North Island with little ones, so I thought I would share what I found to be fun family friendly activities and sights.

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Tips on Flying with a Toddler

Hi friends, I hope everyone is having a great week.

This post was a request from the lovely Chelsea at The New Wifestyle. She also was the push behind my post on flying with a baby. As you may have seen, we recently returned from our annual trip home to Texas. The flight from Brisbane to Houston takes almost 24 hours total counting layovers, and I did the return leg solo with Leighton. I am not an expert by any means, but I did do some research beforehand and overall we had a successful trip so I figured I would share what I learned.

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Australia’s Nature Must Sees

Hi friends! I have a special guest on the blog today. Alex is a blogger who wanted to share an Aussie’s point of view on the best places down under to tick off your bucket list. I have only been to one of these, but the others have been on our list for ages and we need to get to them! Hope you enjoy :).

After years of consideration, tossing up the amount of time and effort it would take to get to Australia, the great land down under, you finally made it with some cheap flight deals! What’s the point of travelling all the way to land in another metropolitan city you ask? Well, Australia is so much more than just the hustle and bustle of the major cities. Of course the cities are stunning, feature beautiful architecture and cultural icons, but Australia’s crowning jewel is the natural environment. If you really want to see what Australia has to offer, I suggest you get out of the cities and check out some of my favourite places in Australia. Continue reading

Visiting Hobbiton {New Zealand}

Hi friends! If you have been wondering where I have been the last few weeks, we have had some technical difficulties that hopefully have been resolved now. Here’s the post I have been trying to get up for the past few weeks…

So I am only a couple months late on finally sharing our trip to Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings movie set) in New Zealand. But better late than never!

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Hobart Expeditions

Well now that we are 5 months out from our Tassie trip it is about time to wrap up the recaps. Our last stop was the capital, Hobart. Last time we didn’t spend too much time there so we were looking forward to having three nights there to close out our trip.

We drove in straight from Wineglass Bay and headed toward the cottage we rented through the site Stayz, we are usually loyal AirBnB users but that site actually had more options and better rates for Hobart. The historic home was SO cute. I totally failed at getting pictures of all the quirky features, so you will have to check out the pics on the listing and bear with this crappy snapchat pic of the outside.

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Flying with a Baby

This post has been requested a couple times (cough cough Chelsea) so I thought I would finally sit down and write it.

Leighton has been quite the traveler in her short 7 months of life. She took two domestic plane trips before she was even 3 months old and a 7 day road trip around Tasmania. At 4 months old she flew across the world on a 13 hour flight and took two more domestic flights in the US. Now that we are back home with 9 flights under our belt, I thought I would share what worked and didn’t for us. Continue reading

Walks and Wine in Launceston 

Well I didn’t mean to take a full week off of blogging but I started this post last Tuesday and between a baby demanding my attention and subpar internet service I didn’t get around to finishing it until Saturday. #momlife

When I left off last week two weeks ago, we were just leaving Cradle Mountain and heading towards Launceston. We pulled into a rainy Launceston mid afternoon and quickly checked into our Airbnb, which was a loft in a historical building downtown (pictured below). Then we drove around to get our bearings and see the city. We had spent a day there on our last trip but stayed in a different area.

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Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain

The first stop on our journey around Tasmania was Cradle Mountain. We didn’t have time to go there on our trip last year so we made sure to plan a day there on this one.

Once we landed in Hobart we picked up our rental car and headed towards the Promised Land… no really, that was the name of the town our cabin was in. As we started off we passed by beautiful vineyards and orchards. The weather was sunny and perfect so we decided to stop in the most adorable town of Richmond. Travis had read about the town and how it was home to the first Catholic church in Australia.


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