How many is right?

The most common question I get asked is, 'how did you find the change from 2 to 3 kids?' To be honest the question throws me because in my opinion each families coping mechanisms are different. Each family has different stresses, different set ups in place to make life easier or a bit more challenging. For instance, when my littlest came along, on paper it seemed like a scary prospect, having a husband who was working away and a 3 and 1 year old already at home. However, looking back, I wasn't working, didn't have a huge amount of money stresses, had a car that was super easy to navigate a few kids, prams etc. and had my mum living downstairs from us always on hand to help out or throw a load of washing on for me.

Now, my kiddos are 7, 5 and 4 (plus my partners son who is 7) and life is manic! The kids side of things is pretty easy, I'm pretty blessed to have kids that are fantastic at entertaining themselves when they need to. But now, I'm working full time, plus my side hustle, studying and racing around between various sporting and social commitments that the kids have. Our life is crazy sometimes, I wouldn't have it any other way of course, but it's no walk in the park.

So now when I'm asked about how it is with three kids, I like to throw the question back at the person and ask about their situation. Do you have support at home or outside of the home? Are you working? Don't be as concerned about the close proximity in age that your children will be, think more about external factors instead.

And if you're pregnant, good luck! I love my children dearly, but I'm pretty pleased that my child rearing days are over!

Quick Getaways

We've just returned home from a couple of days in the Blue Mountains and if you're looking for a quick and easy getaway this is a great option. We just jumped on the M1 south for 3 hours and were there. First stop was lunch at the Gingerbread House where the kids were able to decorate gingerbread cookies or a gingerbread house. Then we went to Echo Point to look at the Three Sisters. When I wasn't worried that my kids would climb a fence, it was truly beautiful and I'm pretty sure even the little ones appreciated it, yelling that they did look like sisters! 

The next day we went to Scenic World and that was a heap of fun. They have a glass bottomed cableway which the kids thought was amazing. Then the fast, steep train was a big hit with everyone. Another walk and we travelled back on another cable car to the top. 


I'd recommend this to families, despite the cold we really enjoyed our time together. Australia is truly an amazing place!


Have you heard of Geocaching?

On the hunt for family activities to do that are a bit outdoorsy, I stumbled across Geocaching. After doing a bit of reading up on it, I've discovered this could be something that the whole family could really enjoy together and could really add some extra fun to your weekends or free time. 

Geocaching started in early 2000 and there are now over 3 million geocaches and millions of active geocachers playing. It is basically done by downloading the Geocaching app which easily navigates you to cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. This is happening all over the world!

The idea is to find a geocache, and if you take something in the container to then leave something of equal or great value, place the container back how you found it and then share your experience with the rest of the geocaching community via the app. 

We all love a good treasure hunt, especially the kids, so if you're family are already geocaching I would love to hear about it and if you're not yet, why not give it a go, I know I will be!