Free to Feed

This year I was unsure what to do for Ash’s birthday, I was searching and searching for an experience to do. Finally, I found it! A cooking class, but this was no ordinary cooking class; it was one run by refugees. The company was Free to Feed and is a non-for-profit run here in Melbourne to help set up refugees and asylum seekers with jobs.

There were choices about what type of cuisine you preferred, so as we eat a lot of curries I picked Sri Lankan.

The evening was run by a refugee named Niro who travelled for 3 weeks on a boat, ended up in detention centres on Christmas Island & in Melbourne to finally be here taking this class. His story was incredible but his happiness and positivity was something amazing.

He taught us to cook a few meals from Sri Lanka (his own recipes), the best part was at the end of the night we all sat down and shared the meal.

The pictures below speak for themselves. If you interested checked out their website and facebook page.

Snow Day out Mount Margaret, Buxton

Winter is coming has come! Normally we’ll head to Mt Donna Buang, but this time we want to take Poppy (our Pug). So after a bit of googling, I discovered Mount Maraget (half way between Marysville & Buxton (maps link), this hidden gem is amazing.


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Warrandyte River Reserve

We found an amazing new place to take Poppy for a walk today. I was looking for somewhere closeby (it’s been a weekend full of driving). Fortunately I found Warrandyte River reserve and it’s only 10 minutes from home!


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Dog House Cafe Collingwood

Yes! Finally, a cafe which is for you and your puppy! It only opened in August. Located in Collingwood, this cute place is perfect.

There is food for your dog – Ice Creams, Dogcino’s, raw treats, dog popcorn – the list goes on! Continue reading “Dog House Cafe Collingwood”

Olinda Forest 

Today we had another cool little adventure, after going into school to sort some things for Term 4. We went for a road trip to Sylvan and Olinda Forest.

It’s a beautiful drive there and only around 1hour from the CBD, making it perfect for a day trip.


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The Stem Circle

Last week I had the pleasure of attending and doing a short presentation at a STEM workshop for Teachers. It was a  free workshop run over 2 days by Christian Williams, he is a teacher here in Melbourne, Australia that has been recognised as one of the worlds best.


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Wanderlust 108 Melbourne

A morning consisting of a run, yoga and meditation. Almost seems too perfect, especially when it’s next to St Kilda Beach.

Wanderlust is a desire to explore – the world, yourself and your mind. Today’s Wanderlust event is a celebration of that journey.

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My favourite hidden garden

Over the last week I have been a little unwell. (perfect timing for going away to Everest with right!)

The first few days off work I was too sick to even walk to the kitchen, after the 5th day I was getting sick of being inside and my body was crying out for some fresh air and to be in nature. Even if only for a little bit.

So the next day, I went for a short drive to my favourite place in Melbourne, Alfred Nicolas gardens. It’s located up in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.

There is so much to look at in the gardens and it continually changes throughout the year. It doesn’t matter if the weather is -5 degrees or 35 degrees, the gardens are immaculate.

Down the bottom of the gardens there is a beautiful lake, this is my favourite spot. It’s easy to see why.

Being in nature is one of the most relaxing things, you can disconnect from everything else that is going on and just tune-in to whats happening right there an then, the colours, the sound of the birds chirping in the trees, the sounds of waterfalls and rivers.

The part is around a 50 minute drive from the CBD, there aren’t too many facilities there (just toilets and a limited water fountains), its the perfect place to take a picnic and just chill or go for a walk.

Do you have any favourite spots you like to go?