• Easter Egg Hunt
    Family,  Just For Fun,  Kid Friendly

    Easter Egg Hunt 2015

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Today the kids had their first Easter Egg Hunt of the season.  They had a ball!  A lovely friend organised it, and graciously invited 10 small and not so small kids into her home to find and devour chocolate.  Did I mention she is brave?  The house was decorated with lots of gorgeous Easter themed pretties, and the bigger kids even did some Easter craft.  So Ms 3 managed to get her hit today, without me having to pull out the craft box – win win!  

    Easter Egg Hunt

    And then the kids were let loose on the backyard, and everyone managed to find sufficiently equal amounts of eggs to keep everyone happy. 

    easter egg hunt 1

    And the big kids made sure the little kids had enough, which was lovely.  With minimal prompting from the grown ups.  

    Easter Egg HuntWhat are you doing for the Easter weekend? Getting out and about, or just staying in and making the most of this chocolate overloaded period?  Let me know!

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  • Cpr Challenge
    Family,  Kid Friendly,  Parenting,  Social,  Uncategorized

    CPR Challenge – Saving a child’s life.

    4 minutes

    Did you know, that in Australia each year 260 children die and 58,000 children are hospitalized from accidental injuries?   These are big numbers!  Would you know how to help a child who was unconscious and not breathing?  That’s what the people at KidzAid want to know.  I have vague memories of my first aid training, pre-children, and I keep putting a paediatric first aid course on my to-do list.  I still haven’t completed one.  

    Here are some more stats for you.  For every minute that CPR is not performed when needed, the chance of the child’s survival decreases by 10%.  After 4 minutes without oxygen, your child can suffer irreversible brain damage.  That’s scary stuff.  So basically, what happens in the first five minutes holds the key to saving their life.  Five minutes is not enough time to allow professional help to arrive.  

    We therefore need more people of all ages who are trained and willing to provide immediate CPR to our kids, while waiting for help to arrive.  And that’s where KidZaid Paediatric First Aid Training comes in.  And to highlight the issue, and raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, the KidZaid team will convert the Palladium at Crown Melbourne into a large training centre, and offer training to parents and families, and break a world record at the same time!  There will family fun day activities; celebrity CPR challenges, jumping castles, roving princesses and superheroes, toddler playzone and more.  

    Cpr Challenge

    We’ll be there – it should be a great day!  We’ve never gone into the city on Good Friday and with all the family oriented activities happening with the Good Friday Appeal, it should be a really fun day.  And I’m so pleased this opportunity to learn paediatric first aid has arisen, and in a way that provides support to the excellent Royal Children’s Hospital.  

    Details:  Entry is free, with a $5 registration fee to complete the CPR training (all proceeds to the Good Friday Appeal).  To make this even easier, there is a special $15 family CPR registration price, that allows parents to take advantage of the opportunity to have all the important adults in their child’s life trained for one low cost.  Training sessions will run hourly throughout the day and to secure your spot, register today at www.cprchallenge.com.au. Check out the website for more information and follow along with the CPR Challenge on facebook, & twitter.

    Tell me, have you completed a paediatric first aid training?  Is it up-to-date?  Are you going to attend the CPR Challenge? 

    CPRChallenge

  • Alfred Nicholas Gardens
    Family,  Kid Friendly

    Autumn in the Dandenongs

    Victoria had a long weekend recently, so we took advantage and headed up the mountain for a picnic lunch.  We live a stones throw from Mount Dandenong, and it is such a beautiful place to live.  We decided to head to the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, in Sassafras.  I have never been there before, which is amazing, given I grew up in the area!  

    So we drove up the mountain, winding our way past the huge line of cars and people who had decided to visit the Dandenong Ranges National Park and, I’m assuming, the 1000 steps Kokoda Memorial Trail.  Yep, you heard right, the 1000 steps.  Have you been there?  It is a three km 1.5 hour return walk, that was created in the early 1900’s and was adopted by Victoria Veterans of the Kokoda campaign (WW2).  Apparently, the walk is very similar to the first 100 metres of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.  People were parked for miles up the road!  

    Alfred Nicholas Gardens

    We kept going though, and found ourselves at the lovely Alfred Nicholas Gardens.  They’re amazing, and we didn’t even get to see the majority of them.  Because, you know, small children.  We took a picnic and a pram, but the next time we go, I would not take the pram and I would pack the picnic in a back pack.  The paths are great, and if you need a pram, they are definitely suitable, but it would have been easier without I think.  Unfortunately they were draining the lake for maintenance when we visited, but there was still a lot to see.  Ms 3 insisted we would find fairies, and took along her wings to help the search. 

    Autumn in the Dandenongs

     The paths lead down to the lake, and to a boat house, and to a fabulous large space, where the kids just wanted to run and run.  They found a ‘fairy’ tree, they were amazed by the size of the trees and it was just so wonderfully quiet and peaceful.  Just gorgeous. 

    Autumn in the Dandenongs
    Fairy Tree

     If you’re in Melbourne, and haven’t been, I recommend making the drive up the mountain.  Especially now, as we head into Autumn.  The colours are always amazing this time of year, and I think we’ll be taking another trip soon.  Plus, all that walking tuckered out the little ones! 

    Alfred Nicholas Gardens

    Do you like to take breaks in your own backyard?  Tell me about it! 

  • #bloggers_bbq
    Blogging,  Family

    A New Year

    Welcome to my first post for 2015!  How was your festive season?  I hope it was lovely, and filled with relaxation and joy.  We had a lovely time – The Mister had three whole weeks off, and we managed to celebrate Christmas, my birthday,the New Year and the Mr 2’s birthday along with a little trip away and some laundry DIY – phew!  More on those in a few later posts. 

    For 2015, I’m taking some active steps for inspiration and organisation – both for here on the blog, and in ‘real’ life.  Here at Tully & Mishka, I’m going to be using the beautiful and super useful Blogger’s Bazaar 2015 Blog Planner.  Have you seen it?  So much organisation!  Hopefully, it will help me with some more regular blogging, and moving Tully & Mishka in the direction I would like it to (I have lots of plans in my head!!!).  Also, this weekend, I’m going to the Kid’s Business Bloggers BBQ.  Anyone else going – would love to catch up!  

    #bloggersbbq

    In the ‘real’ life department, Ms 3 starts kinder this year!  It’s three year old kinder – her birthday is in May, so she will be one of the older kids.  She is soooooooo ready for kinder!  And so am I, just quietly 🙂  I plan to blog a bit about this coming transition.  So 2015 brings busy times.  So organisation is really an over-arching goal for me this year.  Life is about to become very busy!

    Tell me, any big plans for you this year?  Does anyone have their first, or last, starting kinder?  

  • Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014
    Family,  Just For Fun

    Santa’s Magical Kingdom Giveaway

     

    Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014

     * This is a sponsored post.  I received tickets to the opening night for myself and my family *

     It’s 10 Friday’s until Christmas.  Holy smokes, I don’t even know how the year has gone so quickly!  Have you started planning?  We haven’t, well not really.  I mean, we’ve worked out where and when we are having Christmas dinners – one of them is at our house!  Yikes, I really need to start planning!  

    It’s exciting, Christmas at our house.  Ms 3.5 is now old enough to get it.  She knows there will be a Santa visit, and that there will be presents and fun.  And that makes it so much more exciting for us.  Mr nearly 2 doesn’t get it yet, but he will love the tree decorating when we do it.  And they are going to LOVE Santa’s Magical Kingdom.  And I mean, flip their lids kind of love!  

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

    Have you been?  We haven’t.  But we’ve heard good things.  It runs from 15th November until 23rd December and is being held at the Caulfield Racecourse.  Frankly, it looks amazing fun!  According to the information I have received, there be the following: 

    A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland
    • Snow Castle and Activity Land
    • Meet Santa and receive a free gift!
    • A spectacular brand new Christmas themed circus show
    • Roving Christmas characters
    • A Christmas craft area where you can decorate your own gingerbread man and decorate your own Christmas decoration
    • Interactive story reading with Mrs Claus
    • Gingerbread land
    • Amusement Rides and laughing clowns including a carousel, Santa’s Slay Ride, Ferris Wheel, Platform Ride and Australia’s Largest Super Slide!

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

    Check out the website, it has more information.  And tickets are currently on sale.  

    So now for the giveaway!  You can win a family pass (tickets for 4, worth $130) to the opening weekend!  Woo!  All you need to do is comment on this blog post, and tell me, what is your favourite part of Christmas?  I’ll get the Mister to choose which comment he likes the most!  Also fill in the widget below.  Comp ends 9th November and I will email the winner.  

    Santa's Magical Kingdom

     
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  • Spring Time in Melbourne Tulip Festival
    Family,  Just For Fun

    Spring time in Melbourne

    Spring Time in Melbourne Tulip Festival

    Lovely time of year, hey?  Sunshine, green, getting out of the house.  I think I appreciate the arrival of spring more than I ever did before, now that I have two toddlers.  Who have boundless energy, that never ceases, whether they have slept or not.  Whether they have eaten, or not.  

    Spring has bought some much needed vitamin D, lots more outside play and a long awaited back yard overhaul.  The Mister has spent the last few weekends pulling down sheds, ripping up poorly located garden beds and pulling out rocks.  Loads and loads of volcanic/honeycomb rocks.  That have been used as borders, and have been concreted in.  Why?  WHY?!!  Anyway, we now have loads more space for the kids to run, and for veggie patches to be laid.  The kids are loving it.  

    Tulip Festival Melbourne

     We also got to attend the annual Tulip Festival, thanks to me winning a pass from Jody at Six Little Hearts!  Have you seen her blog?  You should check it out, she is always having amazing giveaways over there!   

    Ms 3Little MrWe went on Sunday, the windiest day for a long time.  But despite the wind whipping red dust everywhere, it was beautiful and the kids had a great time.  My recommendation if you are going – get there as early as you can.  I think the gates open at 10.  We got there at around 10.30, and got a park.  When we left about two hours later, the parks were full and cars were parked up to a kilometre away, at least.  There are no footpaths along that road, which makes pushing prams tricky.  And the traffic was full on.  It’s normally a fairly quiet country road.  I know, I grew up there!! Also, hats and sunscreen – there is no shade when you are walking through the tulips. But there is lovely shade and chairs up where the food/cafe area is.  And don’t forget to check out the Fairy Hollow if you go.  Ms 3 LOVED it! 

    tulip festival sculpture

     Spring has also bought the engagement of two lovely friends of ours – so exciting!!  So we’re loving Spring time in Melbourne at the moment.  Sunshine, outdoors stuff and love.  What more could we want?  🙂  Tell me, what has the Spring bought to your life this year?  

    Spring time in Melbourne Tulip Festival

     

  • Eastland Dinosaur Adventures
    Family,  Kid Friendly

    Dinosaurs at Eastland Shopping Centre

    * This is a sponsored post.  I received an pass for my family to attend the preview of this event.  All opinions, words etc are my own. * 

    It’s school holidays here in Victoria, and that means there are activities everywhere, some free, some paid.  At Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood, the Dinosaurs have returned for some more adventures.  

    Eastland Dinosaur AdventuresWe were lucky enough to be able to attend the opening event last weekend, and the kids had a ball.  Ms 3 enthusiastically dressed up for a photo, dug seriously for fossils and has not stopped looking through her binoculars.  Mr 20 months enthusiastically dug into the morning tea, had a go at bashing fossils and has not stopped roaring at everyone since.  

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    Eastland Dinosaurs

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      There was even a guided tour around the centre, and the chance to have photos taken in a giant eggshell.  This event runs across the school holidays until October 12.  Check their website for specific times.  It’s free entry , $5 for the dino dig and from $12 for photo ops.  There are also various competitions running including a colouring comp and an instagram one, where you can upload your photos with the dinos and tag @eastlandshoppingcentre #dinosaursreturn – you could win a $200 eastland voucher!  How awesome would that be?  No, wait, don’t do that, it’ll reduce our chance!!!  Ha!  

    dinosaur adventures

    I’ll be checking out a few other school holiday/kid friendly activities over the next week, so keep in the loop – like us on Facebook or follow on Instagram for updates.  

    How about you?  Doing anything exciting or is it same old same old?  I’d love to hear your ideas or activities!